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Liam O’Connell presents at “New Laws Affecting Bank Employees” at Massachusetts Bankers Association

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09.23.2014

Liam O’Connell, chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice group and chair of the Litigation Department, presented “New Laws Affecting Bank Employees” at The Massachusetts Bankers Association’s (MBA) telephone seminar “Massachusetts Minimum Wage and Unemployment Compensation Laws and an Update on Non-Compete Legislation and November Ballot Question on Paid Sick Leave” on September 23.

The seminar covered a series of topics related to labor and employment matters in Massachusetts. On June 23rd, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 144 of the Acts of 2014, establishing a new Massachusetts minimum wage statute and reforming the present unemployment insurance compensation laws. Chapter 144, will increase the state minimum wage to $9.00 effective January 1, 2015, and make a series of proposed changes to the state unemployment insurance that will be extremely beneficial to the business community.

In addition to Chapter 144, the seminar included a presentation focusing on proposed legislation prohibiting non-compete clauses and provisions in employment agreements, and a review of a proposed November 4th general ballot question creating mandatory earned sick leave for all employers with more than 11 employees in Massachusetts.

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