Parents Are Entitled to Paid Time Off to Take Care of Kids During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Emergency

The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act signed by the President on March 18, 2020, requires non-healthcare provider employers with less than 500 employees to give up to 12-weeks of job-protected leave to parents to care for their children necessitated by school/daycare closures or loss of childcare due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) health …

Employers Must Pay Out All Wages and Vacation Upon Termination in Massachusetts During the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Tough times call for tough measures.   Many employers will rely on this adage to avoid their obligations under Massachusetts law during the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).  Massachusetts law generally requires employers to pay all wages and accrued vacation on the day that someone is laid off, not per the usual billing cycle.  Employees …

Pregnant in Brookline, Boston, or anywhere in Massachusetts? You may be entitled to changes in your work schedule, duties and work environment.

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (Act) was approved by the legislature last summer and went into effect April 1, 2018.  If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, please make yourself aware of your civil rights under the Act, and plan how you are going to exercise them.   ACCOMMODATIONS   A pregnant …

Brookline High School: How Lessons on White Privilege Can Violate Students’ Civil Rights

Given the recent steps announced by Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York City to increase the number of Black and Latino students at the city’s most elite public schools and the constitutional implications such a proposition brings, it might serve Brookline well to understand how it is addressing race in its own school district.  Examining …

Know Your Rights Seminar for Parents and Those Expecting at the Brookline Public Library on Saturday, July 21st

Spring – actual spring – has finally reared its little head.  The official start to the season this year, March 20th, was like a baby's due date: Unreliable.  It's no matter now, we’ve forgotten winter already; we have budding life all around us.  As busy as the birds and bees this time of year, many …