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Massachusetts Passes Campus Sexual Assault Law

February 4, 2021

Colleges and universities have already had to adjust to many changes this year.  In the middle of the COVID-crisis, the U.S. Department of Education finalized new Title IX regulations (summarized in this VAC blog post).  Now Massachusetts colleges and universities have additional rules to contend with. Last month, Massachusetts passed new legislation addressing the obligations … Read more

Final DOL Rule on Tip Pooling and Sharing

January 13, 2021

The DOL recently announced its final rule regarding when and how, if at all, employers can share tips with cooks, servers and others on the restaurant team. Among other things, the Department: removes prohibitions for those employers that do not take a tip credit from implementing mandatory “nontraditional” tip pools; prohibits employers from keeping employees’ … Read more

Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts Begins, for the most part.

January 13, 2021

Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave began January 1, 2021. Post your poster! Here is an example from the state: We’ve all been paying for this benefit already, but now the rubber meets the road to see if we’ve been paying enough and how the system will really work. Briefly, the new law gives employees … Read more

EEOC Issues Guidance on Legally Compliant COVID Vaccination Programs

January 6, 2021

On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) once again updated its guidance concerning COVID-19, this time to address vaccinations.  Just as with past guidance, the new information regarding vaccinations comes in the form of questions and answers that show up in the last section of the EEOC’s COVID-19 technical assistance publication.  These … Read more

EEOC Publishes Proposed Religious Discrimination Guidance for Public Comment

December 10, 2020

Just before Thanksgiving, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published proposed new guidance regarding religious discrimination in the workplace.  The 100+ page guidance explains an employer’s obligations regarding religion discrimination mostly by giving common examples of how religion and workplace rules tend to collide and if and how the scenarios violate the law.  In fact, … Read more

Have a System to Track Remote Work and Pay for All Hours says U.S. DOL in New Field Assistance Bulletin on Telework

September 22, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new guidance regarding an employer’s obligation to track hours of employees who are teleworking. Briefly, the new guidance clarifies that an employer has an obligation to exercise reasonable diligence to track the actual hours worked of employees who are working remotely away from a physical worksite. While the … Read more

EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding Accommodating Opioid-Related Disabilities

September 16, 2020

Opioid use has been on the rise in recent years. Many people became addicted after doctors prescribed opioid medications like oxycodone for pain control after a surgery or for a chronic injury. But because of their addictive nature, people began abusing these drugs, in many cases substituting illegal heroin (also an opioid) in their place. … Read more