The Massachusetts legislature recently gave workers a boost, with an increase in the state's minimum wage. As of January 1, 2015, the wage increased to $9 per hour. The increases will continue over the next two years, reaching $10 per hour as of January 1, 2016 and $11 per hour as ...
December 20, 2014Philip Gordon
Every day, countless employees undergo security screenings before and after their work shifts. While many of these individuals believe that their employers should pay for the time it takes to complete these screenings, the Supreme Court disagrees under certain circumstances. In a unanimous decision, the Court held that security screening ...
December 9, 2014Philip Gordon
Massachusetts voters spoke up for workers’ rights when they approved a law requiring sick leave for employees in the private sector. As of July 1, 2015, virtually all employers must allow up to 40 hours per year of sick leave. Variations on the Sick Leave Law Businesses employing more than 10 workers ...
November 6, 2014Philip Gordon
The Massachusetts legislature recently implemented legislation to assist victims of domestic violence with job protection when they require leave from work. The law applies to businesses employing 50 or more workers. It provides up to 15 days of leave during a 12 month period for employees who are victims of abusive ...
August 10, 2014Philip Gordon
Massachusetts is set to revamp its existing noncompete laws and pass new legislation favorable to employees, as well as companies seeking to grow in Massachusetts. Philip Gordon spoke in front of Senators and Representatives about the proposed legislation, and the bill eventually passed in the Massachusetts Senate by 32 votes ...
July 18, 2014Philip Gordon
In 2010, former employees filed a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, alleging that the company perpetuates employment discrimination against female workers. USA Today recently reported that two plaintiffs are seeking to certify the lawsuit as a class-action case, which will expand the time frame of the lawsuit. They reportedly hope to include ...
July 3, 2014Philip Gordon
The California Supreme Court defined some parameters of employment law regulations when it ruled in favor of an illegal immigrant/undocumented worker who sued an employer for an unlawful firing. The employer tried to argue that the fact the worker was undocumented was a form of misconduct that justified the termination, but ...
June 30, 2014Philip Gordon
In Michigan this week, bipartisan legislation was signed protecting mothers who nurse their children in public from discrimination and prosecution. 45 states now have some form of law allowing women to breastfeed in public or private locations. The “Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act” allows a woman to breastfeed a child in any public ...
June 27, 2014Philip Gordon
Philip Gordon was recently featured in Slate magazine’s “Dear Prudence” column. An assistant professor who learned of sexual misconduct and possible prostitution between one of his students and two tenured professors asked Dear Prudence for the best course of action. In Gordon’s discussion with Emily Yoffe (the Dear Prudence author), ...
June 27, 2014Philip Gordon
Philip served on the Panel for the National Convention of NELA for the program entitled, "Class Actions After Dukes & Genesis HealthCare Corp.: The Ongoing Attack On Representative Testimony In Class Actions,” NELA 2014 National Convention (June 25-28, 2014) (View Article)
June 26, 2014Philip Gordon
A struggle for power at Market Basket will likely lead to more lawsuits, says Philip Gordon of Gordon Law Group LLP. The company CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and several other high up professional employees were fired on Monday by the board – which is controlled by rival cousin Arthur S. ...
June 25, 2014Philip Gordon
New legislation has been proposed that would increase the minimum salary basis level that employers need to pay as part of the requirements to avoid the overtime rules. Workers classified as executive, administrative or professional employees would have their weekly minimum pay more than doubled, and the floor for highly-compensated ...
June 23, 2014Philip Gordon
Two crucial pieces of proposed legislation will be decided by July 31st. The proposals include a hike in the minimum wage to $11.00 and a ban on noncompete agreements. Both proposals are great news for employees. If the legislation for the new minimum wage passes, then by January 1, 2017 the ...
June 17, 2014Philip Gordon
One of Gordon Law Group's clients, Harvard professor Dr. Kimberly Theidon, was featured in The Boston Globe this morning. The piece is the latest in a slew of articles and interviews about the Professor, who was denied tenure last spring. Theidon will now take a tenured faculty position at Tufts University. Dr. Theidon ...
June 13, 2014Philip Gordon
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) appears to be on the verge of issuing new guidelines on pregnancy discrimination. Following a large and rapidly increasing number of lawsuits centering around pregnancy bias, the EEOC seems poised to take action following comments made by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. ...
June 9, 2014Philip Gordon
Online current affairs magazine Slate, recently turned to Gordon Law Group attorney Philip Gordon to provide legal guidance in its advice column, Dear Prudence. In the column, a reader was concerned that if she told her boss she was enrolling in graduate school, he would fire her and leave her ...
June 5, 2014Philip Gordon
Employees in Colorado will have increased rights under the state’s Wage Protection Act of 2014. The law has been expanded to give the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) more power to pursue wage claims on behalf of the employee. The new law also includes the expansion of the ...
June 2, 2014Philip Gordon
Per Diem payments – payments intended to cover the daily expenses of an employee – count towards an employee’s regular rate of pay for calculating overtime according to the First Circuit. In Newman v. Advanced Technology Innovation Corp., the First Circuit found that if an employer calculates per diem on ...
May 25, 2014Philip Gordon