A Complete Guide to the MA Paid Family & Medical Leave + NEW Top Off Legislation

January 9, 2024
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By now, most employers and employees in the Bay State are familiar with the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, which provides support for employees who need to take time off for family or medical reasons. However, new “top off” legislation went into effect on November 1, 2023, allowing employees receiving PFML benefits… Read More »

Demystifying DOL Audits: Navigating the Process with Confidence

May 18, 2023

The mere mention of a Department of Labor (DOL) audit can cause employers stress. The thought of meticulous inspections, paperwork scrutiny, and potential penalties can understandably raise anxiety levels. But a DOL audit doesn’t have to be a nightmare-inducing experience. We’re here to calm your fears and shed light on the DOL audit process, providing… Read More »

What is Workplace Retaliation & How Can Employers Prevent It?

April 25, 2023

We’ve discussed workplace discrimination and harassment and how to ensure you treat all employees fairly and avoid potential litigation. However, many employers fail to understand the complete picture of workplace retaliation—which often follows discrimination. Of course, you care about your team. You can’t imagine discriminating against them, never mind punishing them for acting within their… Read More »

How to Ensure Lawful Drug Testing for Federal Contractors

April 21, 2023

With the constant changes in marijuana legalization from state to state, employers must always be on the ball with their substance use policies. But what about drug testing for federal contractors and their employees? Employment drug testing has traditionally been a means to keep teams safe and productive and reduce liability. However, companies now have… Read More »

5 Steps to Create a Successful Open-Door Policy

April 4, 2023

Your business might say it has an open-door policy, but what does that really mean? Have you established a policy with guidelines and actively encouraged employees to take advantage of it? And are they using it? If not, your team may be nervous or uncomfortable sharing thoughts and ideas with leadership. Or are staff constantly… Read More »

Building a Culture of Respect with Political Activity & Civility Policies

March 28, 2023

As employers strive to create more welcoming and safe environments, there are two not-so-traditional policies that every forward-thinking employer should add to their employee handbooks: A Political Activity Policy and a Civility Policy. Rather than policing people’s free speech, activities, and opinions, these policies simply set guidelines for building a culture of respect and inclusivity.… Read More »

How to Approach Employees Calling in Sick

March 2, 2023

Managing employee attendance is vital to maintaining a productive workplace. Employees calling in sick can disrupt workflow and create additional work for other team members.  And if you have certain staff members regularly using sick leave, you might become suspicious—sometimes rightly so. In a 2020 Zippia survey of 2,000 American workers, 52% admitted lying about… Read More »

Using Personal Vehicles for Work: What’s the Employer’s Liability?

November 23, 2022

Do employees pose a risk to your business when they use personal vehicles for work duties? The short answer: Yes! This is why it’s crucial that both employers and employees are sufficiently covered and employers understand their responsibility. When an employee drives their own car, it’s referred to in insurance lingo as a “non-owned vehicle.”… Read More »

Tattoos in the Workplace: To Allow or Not to Allow?

October 4, 2022

Are tattoos in the workplace still taboo? A 2015 Harris Poll reported that almost half of American millennials have tattoos. The survey also found that only 36% of Generation X and 13% of Baby Boomers have ink. With millennials leading the inked pack, body art is quite a hot topic for employers. After all, the… Read More »

What is Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) + Which States Offer It?

September 21, 2022

Did you know the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t offer a nationwide paid family and medical leave (PFML) or parental leave law? The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) federally mandates and provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons.… Read More »