In a published, December 21, 2010 opinion letter to a non-profit organization, the New York Department of Labor (DOL) discussed the organization’s educational internship program for persons between the ages of 18 and 24. It found that the interns were not “employees” under the New York State Minimum Wage Act because they met all of the 11 criteria established by the DOL. Employers that use (or are considering) internship programs must ensure that their interns meet all these criteria, or else they must pay their interns at least the minimum wage.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may soon be investigating the agreements companies make with their employees. According to a February 25, 2015 Wall Street Journal report, the SEC has sent requests to several companies asking for years of employment contracts, nondisclosure agreements, and other documents imposing confidentiality obligations on employees.
On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) issued detailed guidance on the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), which are set to go into effect on July 1, 2018. The amendments, which were enacted in 2016, will overhaul MEPA, a law that has been in effect for over 70 years, and make it one of the strictest pay equity laws in the nation.
Massachusetts AG Announces Safe Harbor Delaying Full Implementation of New Earned Sick Time Law for Some Employers
On May 18, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) held the first of several public hearings on proposed regulations concerning implementation of the new earned sick time law passed by Massachusetts voters in November 2014. At that hearing, Attorney General Maura Healey stated that the AGO intends to proceed with implementing the law as of its July 1, 2015 effective date and that the AGO is on track to finalize implementing regulations ahead of that date.