OSHA continues its aggressive enforcement with more citations, higher penalties and hard-hitting press releases. At a recent American Bar Association meeting in New Orleans, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax discussed OSHA’s increased enforcement. According to Fairfax, OSHA has set a goal of 42,000 inspections for the 2011 fiscal year. In addition, OSHA is looking to increase the number of follow-up inspections. If the agency is successful in reaching its goals, it will exceed last year’s total violations issued, which is the highest number of violations issued in years. The agency had more significant (cases involving a total penalty of $100,000 or more) and egregious cases in fiscal year 2010 than it has had in quite some time.
In one of his last acts as governor, former-Governor Deval Patrick signed into law on January 7, 2015 an amendment to the previous Massachusetts Maternity Leave Law that extends eight weeks of unpaid leave to both male and female employees to care for a newborn, newly placed, or newly adopted child. The previous version of the law as written only entitled mothers to leave, but the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination had interpreted the law to apply equally to men and women.
“You’re FIRED!” Donald Trump makes it look easy on his reality television show, The Apprentice, but savvy employers understand that workplace terminations must be carefully planned and executed to reduce the potential for costly legal claims. For most employers, discharging an employee is difficult enough without the additional stress of…..
The state’s highest court recently ruled that an employee who earned and was entitled to paid vacation time under the terms of his employment agreement and who was involuntarily discharged was entitled to payment for his unused vacation time. According to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, while state law does not require employers to provide employees with paid vacation, when the employer does so, an employee’s entitlement is another form of compensation, which is due upon discharge.