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Rise in Retaliation Claims

For over a decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has seen a significant increase in retaliation claims.  Since 2000, the number of such claims filed annually has increased by more than 100 percent.  In 2014 alone, retaliation accounted for 42.8% of all claims processed by the EEOC.  It is by far the most common […]

Posted: March 19, 2015 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

New Massachusetts Legislation Enforces Gender Neutral Parental Leave

Massachusetts has made another step towards enforcing equality in the workplace!  Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new bill into law on January 7, 2015 requiring employers to grant equal parental leave to male and female employees. Massachusetts’s previous legislation on the topic, the Maternity Leave Act, applied only to women in workplaces with more than […]

Posted: March 12, 2015 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

Interpreting the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Young v. United Parcel Service, 134 S.Ct.2898 (U.S. 2014). The issue before the Supreme Court concerns whether an employer is obligated under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act () to provide a pregnant employee the same types of accommodations (such as light duty) […]

Posted: March 12, 2015 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

A Step Toward A Living Wage

Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law an increase in the state’s mandatory minimum wage, which will be implemented over three years. Starting on January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage will rise from $8.00 to $9.00/ hour for non-agricultural, non-service, employees. On January 1, 2016, the minimum will increase again to $10.00/ hour and […]

Posted: December 23, 2014 | Author: clerk | Categories: news

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“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” –Abraham Lincoln Of the hours adults spend during the time they are awake, the largest percentage of […]

Posted: May 31, 2011 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news