Articles and Publications

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Girl Scouts Announce Winners of ToGetHerThere Awards (09-29-17)

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) announced the recipients of the inaugural ToGetHerThere Awards, including Timothy Murphy, Esq., partner, Skoler, Abbott & Presser.    

Wilbraham attorneys named ‘Best Lawyers in America’ (09-27-17)

Ralph F. Abbott Jr. and Timothy F. Murphy are both attorneys with Skoler, Abbott & Presser, a law firm with offices in Springfield and Worcester and in Waterbury, Connecticut. Another lawyer in the firm, John H. Glenn of Longmeadow, also made it onto the best-lawyers list.

Labor & Employment Law Symposium Slated for Oct. 5 (09-06-17)

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. will hold a Labor & Employment Law Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel.

1st Circuit: ADA leave requests must be reasonable on their face (08-23-17)

It happens all the time – an employee takes a job-protected leave of absence for a medical condition and, when her available leave expires, he or she asks for more time . . . and then more still . . . and more again. 

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.