Preparing Your Company for the New Pay Equity Act in Massachusetts

By Atakelti Desta on September 29, 2016

For the past several decades, legislation has been in place to address the long-standing existence of gender pay discrimination. Under federal and Massachusetts law, employers are generally required to provide men and women equal compensation for comparable work. But until recently, in Massachusetts, “comparable work” was determined merely by job titles and job descriptions. On August 1, 2016, in a further effort to reduce the gender wage gap, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an act that not only expands the definition of “comparable work” but also curbs common pay secrecy and pay inquiry practices by employers.

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EU-US Privacy Shield

By Nathaniel C. Donoghue and Scott A. Stokes on September 16, 2016

Starting on August 1, 2016, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program (“Privacy Shield”), became the new framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States. This new code of conduct is not a treaty or a law, but a voluntary self-certification and commitment to certain protections necessary for the transfer of EU personal data to the U.S. Once made, the commitment is enforceable under U.S. law. Privacy Shield replaces the now invalidated “Safe Harbor” program which many organizations had previously relied upon to transfer personal data of EU citizens into the U.S.

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By Eric J. Krathwohl and Jonathan Goldberg on August 2, 2016

After many months of speculation about the evolving legislative and regulatory support of the solar industry in Massachusetts, new laws and implementing regulations have been adopted. These changes will have a significant impact future solar development projects. In April 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Solar Energy into law. Under the new law, the value of solar net-metering credits will decrease significantly and a new monthly minimum reliability charge for net-metering customers is authorized. (That Act also increased the net metering caps, but the existing queues largely absorbed the increases, so further legislation is needed, but that is a topic for another blog).

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Women-Owned Businesses - Some Resources

By Danielle Justo and Nathaniel C. Donoghue on June 13, 2016

Although women-owned businesses are growing in number and importance, they continue to face a variety of challenges. In the Commonwealth and beyond, there are many resources available to women looking to grow their networks and companies. In addition to legal advice, our clients often ask us about these opportunities. Here are just a few of the organizations which we believe might be helpful for all kinds of women-owned businesses.

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New Overtime Rules for White Collar Employees

By J. Allen Holland and Frank N. Gaeta on June 6, 2016

The United States Department of Labor recently announced significant changes to the overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, effective December 1, 2016.

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