5 Things You Should Know About The Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

The new Massachusetts Sick Leave Law (also known as the “Earned Sick Time Law”) became effective on July 1, 2015.  Essentially, the Sick Leave Law gives employees the opportunity to accrue and use “earned sick time” – that is, time off for the purpose of caring for the employee’s own medical issue or that of an immediate family member, as well as to attend routine medical appointments. Continue reading “5 Things You Should Know About The Massachusetts Sick Leave Law”

Understanding the “Reform” in the Alimony Reform Act

Effective March 1, 2012, the Alimony Reform Act governs the issue of alimony in Massachusetts divorces.  People hear the words “Alimony Reform” and envision — for better or worse (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun) — sweeping changes in how alimony is handled in divorces. Continue reading “Understanding the “Reform” in the Alimony Reform Act”

When Is Your Employer REQUIRED To LET You Show Up LATE?

You may think the answer is “never,” but the law never lets you say “never.”  I have recently posted about an employer’s duty to provide “reasonable accommodations” to a “qualified individual with a disability.”  This is required of most employers by the Americans With Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) and Chapter 151B if the Massachusetts General Laws (also known as the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act.) Continue reading “When Is Your Employer REQUIRED To LET You Show Up LATE?”

Divorce, What TO Do and NOT To Do Before You Call a Divorce Lawyer

It is not an easy call to make.  You have probably been thinking about it for months, maybe years.  As for how a divorce will impact your life financially, you have very few answers, and you are not even sure you know what the questions are.  That is okay.  My job is to help you start answering the questions you did not even know – or were afraid – to ask, and – eventually – to help you achieve the softest financial landing possible.  Those answers, for the most part, will depend on your unique circumstances. Continue reading “Divorce, What TO Do and NOT To Do Before You Call a Divorce Lawyer”

Reasonable Accomodations – What are they and when are they required?

Recently, I have written about the “at-will employment” rule and some of its exceptions.  One of those exceptions is an employer’s obligation to provide “reasonable accommodations” to certain employees.  In my experience, this is an obligation that many employers — and, sometimes, employees and their care providers — fail to understand and implement properly.  So, what is this “reasonable accommodation” rule and who does it apply to? Continue reading “Reasonable Accomodations – What are they and when are they required?”

Getting Fired For A Medical Condition, Disability or Work-Related Injury

Recently, I have posted about the “at-will” employment rule.  Virtually everyone is employed  “at-will,” which means that the employee can resign from – or be fired from – his/her job at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all.  There are exceptions, however, to the “at-will” rule.  Continue reading “Getting Fired For A Medical Condition, Disability or Work-Related Injury”

How To Win Your Massachusetts Unemployment Case

Because most employment terminations fall within the “at-will” employment rule, most people who are fired – even though “it’s not fair” – will not have grounds to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.  However, you can and should file for unemployment benefits with the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance. Continue reading “How To Win Your Massachusetts Unemployment Case”

“I was fired and it’s not fair.”

I receive many calls from prospective clients who believe that they were fired from their jobs unfairly. Most of them are right – that is, they WERE fired and sometimes under circumstances that were not “fair” – but very few of those callers have a case against their former employer for wrongful termination. How can that be? Continue reading ““I was fired and it’s not fair.””