July 01, 2017

SJC Torches Medical Marijuana Defense for Employers

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC.
June 01, 2017

Can Federal Law Trump State Independent Contractor Statute? SJC Says Yes and No

Wage and hour litigation has been quite active over the past five years. Whether this trend continues under the Trump administration remains to be seen.
May 01, 2017

Former Employee’s Drug and Alcohol History Potentially Returning to Haunt Former Employers Under New FMCSA

Recent amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act regulations have imposed new obligations on transportation companies
April 01, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Equalizes Standard of Review for EEOC Subpoenas

Earlier this month, in McLane Co., Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts of appeals should review district courts’ decisions on whether to enforce EEOC subpoenas for abuse of discretion, not de novo.
March 01, 2017

Rhode Island Supreme Court “Clarifies” Employer’s Duty to Investigate Allegations of Employee Misconduct

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently issued a decision that both clarified and complicated the scope of an employer’s duty to supervise its employees.