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Foreign Affairs – There’s No Better Time Than Now to Audit Your I-9s (07-30-17)

Although a new version of the Form I-9 became mandatory only earlier this year, on July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued yet another revised Form I-9. On Sept. 18, 2017, use of the new Form I-9 will be mandatory, but employers who want to do so can start using it now. For many companies, a new I-9 presents a new opportunity to make an I-9 error, and those errors can be costly.

A Closer Look at Massachusetts’ Equal Pay Legislation (06-23-17)

(See page 24.) It’s long been illegal for Massachusetts employers to pay women less than men (or men less than women, for that matter) for comparable work. In fact, Massachusetts was the first state ever to implement an equal pay law, with the passage of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act in 1945. So why is it that, over 70 years after the state outlawed pay discrimination, women, as a whole, still do not earn as much as their male counterparts?

Recent Decision Reinforces Personal Liability in Employment Law (06-13-17)

Many state and federal employment laws provide a path for litigious employees to individually sue their managers or supervisors, while at the same time suing the employer as a completely separate entity. These laws can put managers and supervisors in the dreadful position of having to personally defend themselves in a lawsuit, while exposing their personal assets (home, car, bank accounts, etc.) to risk if the plaintiff is successful. It also means having to pay defense costs and attorney’s fees regardless of how the case turns out.

‘Snowflake’ test: Legitimate hiring tactic or invitation for trouble? (05-31-17)

Anyone tasked with wading through stacks of resumes and talking to applicants lined up for interviews understands how frustrating and time-consuming hiring can be. It’s understandable that people in charge of hiring crave out-of-the-box solutions. But how far should employers go in their efforts to weed out applicants who clearly won’t be a good fit?

Questions of Substance – How Can Employers Fight Addiction While Limiting (04-20-17)

Can a job applicant be rejected because of medical-marijuana use? Can employees be let go for lawfully using narcotic pain medications, such as prescription opioids? These are questions without easy answers.

Lunch ‘n’ Learn Focuses on the ‘Trump Effect’ (04-20-17)

SPRINGFIELD — Skoler, Abbott & Presser will present a talk on how the Trump Administration mandates could potentially affect employers at the Springfield Regional Chamber Lunch ‘n Learn on May 10, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lattitude restaurant, 1338 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

New Anti-retaliation Provisions Pose Challenges for Employers (04-05-17)

Last summer, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a number of regulatory changes that are designed to improve employee safety. For organizations that have not yet taken a look at how the rule may impact their company’s policies and procedures, now is the time to do so.

Webinar on April 5 to Help Businesses Address Gender Pay-gap Issues (04-05-17)

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. invites business owners, managers, and human-resource professionals to an informative webinar outlining ways to review compensation practices to address gender pay-gap issues and minimize legal liabilities. The webinar will be held Wednesday, April 5 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and hosted by attorney Amelia Holstrom of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Amelia Holstrom Honored Among Up & Coming Lawyers (04-05-17)

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. announced that attorney Amelia Holstrom will be honored as one of the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyers” at its Excellence in the Law event at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston on April 27.

Webinar to Help Employers Create Successful Internship Programs (02-20-17)

Unpaid or underpaid interns can come with a giant price tag, according to Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., a labor and employment law firm serving employers in the Greater Springfield area. However, they can also help businesses connect with the next generation of business leaders. Continue reading