News articles by and about Skoler Abbott Attorneys.

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    Girl Scouts Announce Winners of ToGetHerThere Awards

    Attorney Timothy Murphy Wins 'Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout' Award

    Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) announced the recipients of the inaugural ToGetHerThere Awards. The five award recipients have a shared vision of creating a culture of creativity and caring, where young women feel confident in their ability to work hard, dream big, and face with courage any obstacle that stands in the way of making their dreams come true. The winners have affected hundreds of lives and serve as role models for other organizations grappling with how to support underserved members in their communities.
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    Foreign Affairs – There’s No Better Time Than Now to Audit Your I-9s (07-30-17)

    Marylou Fabbo discusses auditing I-9’s in Healthcare News

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

    Erica Flores explores a court decision that could impact employee leave requests

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

    Massachusetts Lawyers Journal features Kimberly Klimczuk’s look into pay equity

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

    John Gannon provides insight on supervisor liability with BusinessWest

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

    Susan Fentin shares her concern about “snowflake” testing job applicants

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

    John Gannon answers burning questions on employee drug use for Healthcare News

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

    Join Skoler Abbott’s Amelia Holstrom for an in-depth look into the “Trump Effect”

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

    Marylou Fabbo analyzes OSHA’s new rules for BusinessWest

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

    Amelia Holstrom hosts enlightening webinar on the gender pay-gap

    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.
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