NLRB Uses Dramatic and Novel Penalties to Punish a Flagrant Repeat Offender Employer

December 3rd, 2014 by and

In late October, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a groundbreaking decision in the long-running dispute between the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).  In HTH Corporation, Pacific Beach, the …   (Read More)

New Massachusetts Sick Time Law Explained

November 22nd, 2014 by

As you know, on November 4, 2014 Massachusetts voters approved ballot question 4 which enacts a new section of MGL c. 149  section 148C and provides for Massachusetts employees to earn and use 40 hours of sick leave in a …   (Read More)

A Word on the Election

November 3rd, 2014 by and

Polls open tomorrow to decide who will be the next Governor of Massachusetts.  This year we have a hotly contested race.  We are writing to let you know that we’re voting for Martha Coakley for Governor – and we think …   (Read More)

Beware of Illegal Parity Health Insurance Proposals by Employers

October 2nd, 2014 by

In a twist on illegal wage parity proposals, the Department of Labor Relations (DLR) issued Complaints of Prohibited Practice against the Boston Public Health Commission (Commission) for proposing and insisting upon an unlawful health insurance parity clause. (Read the full …   (Read More)

Injury Leave Possible After Off-Duty Recreation Accident

September 7th, 2014 by

On May 27, 2014, arbitrator Tammy Brynie issued an important recreation injury leave award in favor of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association. The Boston police officer was seriously injured while participating in the 2012 Boston Police Department Fitness Challenge. (Read …   (Read More)

Cities and Towns Cheating on Health Insurance Contributions to Self Funded Plans

September 2nd, 2014 by

When cities and towns use self-funded health insurance plans, they have been able to cheat on their required contributions.  We have already found a number of cases where municipalities have failed to make their required contributions, thereby forcing employees to …   (Read More)

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say . . .

August 5th, 2014 by and

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say . . .

Like many people nowadays, Natalie Munroe had a blog where she shared tips about cooking and child rearing.  The high school English teacher from Doylestown, PA, also used her …   (Read More)

Policing and Emergency Medical Services

August 4th, 2014 by

Policing and Emergency Medical Services

The nature of policing is evolving again as departments are getting more involved in providing emergency medical services.  Traditionally the police service has focused on responding to criminal acts, investigating them, and arresting the perpetrators.  …   (Read More)