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2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year In Review

  From the National Law Review, Robert Sheridan reviews the developments in 2016 in employment law in Massachusetts…

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NH Drywall Company Agrees to $500,000 Settlement

  The Massachusetts Attorney General released a statement saying that a drywall company agreed to pay $500,000…

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Labor and Employment Group News: Independent Contractor or “Employee, Inc.”? 

From  JDSupra, Barry Waters discusses a recent case in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) said that…

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Massachusetts adopts strict background check rules for Uber, Lyft drivers 

  Reuters reports that Massachusetts requires background checks for Lyft and Uber drivers starting in January. Nov…

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MA Court says FAAA Preempted Independent Contractor Statute

  There have been multiple cases in Massachusetts in which parties claim that the Federal Aviation Administration…

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Umpteenth Time’s the Charm? Massachusetts Has Another Go At Non-Compete Reform

  From JDSupra, Dawn Mertineit, Katherine Perrelli, and Erik Weibust discuss proposed legislation that would limit non-compete agreements in Massachusetts.  This…

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Same-Day Delivery Companies: 2; MA Independent Contractor Statute: 0. First Circuit Once Again Upholds Classification of Couriers as Independent Contractors 

    From JDSupra, Gauri Punjabi discusses the preemption of the Massachusetts independent contractor statute by the Federal Aviation…

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MA Attorney general’s office seeks help enforcing labor laws 

  From, Jessica Trufant reports that the head of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division…

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Shrewsbury Landscaping Company to Pay More than $31,000 to Resolve Overtime and Employee Misclassification Violations

    From the Shrewsbury Lantern, a report that a landscaping company misclassified workers as independent contractors…

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The Mass. independent contractor law hurts workers and the economy

  From The Boston Globe, David Casey criticizes the Massachusetts independent contractor statute because it stifles innovation…

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2 steps back – First Circuit could have done more for the independent contractor business model

  From Lexology, Richard A. Plewacki and J. Allen Jones discuss the recent First Circuit case in which the…

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Massage Therapist Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Harvard

From the Harvard Crimson, Nathaniel J. Hiatt reports that a massage therapist filed a lawsuit alleging that she…