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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Comprehensive Noncompetition and Trade-Secrets Reform

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The Massachusetts General Court has passed legislation that, if signed by the governor, will comprehensively reform the law governing employee noncompetition agreements and trade-secret misappropriation. If enacted, these laws will become effective October 1, 2018, giving Massachusetts employers only two months to assess their current practices and adapt to the new laws.… Continue reading this entry

Massachusetts Poised to Become the Latest State Offering a Paid Family Leave Program

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The Paid Family Leave trend is gathering speed in states around the country. Currently, California, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington have paid family leave programs, as does Washington, D.C. Unlike state and municipal sick leave laws, the paid family leave programs generally are administered by the state, not the employer. Many of … Continue reading this entry

Massachusetts Has Legalized Marijuana — Should Your Workplace Policies Go Up in Smoke?

On November 8, 2016, voters in Massachusetts (along with their counterparts in Maine, California, and Nevada) voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This means that recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight states (California, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington already have passed similar measures).… Continue reading this entry

How Massachusetts’ New Equal Pay Law Impacts Employers

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On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history before making a formal job offer that includes compensation. Under the new law, employers may not seek information about an applicant’s salary history from the applicant or his or her current or former employer unless … Continue reading this entry

The Times They Might Be A-Changin' in Georgia, Massachusetts and Illinois

As many of us in the noncompete world are aware, the law of noncompetes is constantly evolving and changing, sometimes by court decisions like the Sheshunoff decision in Texas, and sometimes by statute, like in Oregon. There are three legislatures currently considering new noncompete bills: Georgia, Illinois and Massachusetts (linked to my good friend and … Continue reading this entry