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Nutter Hosts Labor, Employment and Benefits Breakfast Briefing ‘Non-Compete, Pay Equity and Bullying Laws Pending in the State House’

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05.24.2016

Nutter’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group will present “Massachusetts Legislation Update: Non-Compete, Pay Equity and Bullying Laws Pending in the State House” on May 24. Three significant legislative initiatives that could affect employers across the Commonwealth are under consideration on Beacon Hill, where they seem to have growing support among legislators and their constituents: 

Non-Competes: In the previous Legislative session, former Governor Patrick's effort to prohibit non-compete agreements failed in the Legislature, and a Senate compromise bill did not gain approval in the House. Recently, however, House Speaker Robert DeLeo has outlined a non-compete reform bill that has garnered increased support in the Legislature and business community. 

Pay Equity: While it's already illegal to pay women less than men for the same jobs, the proposed legislation aims to close the "wage gap" by defining "comparable work" and imposing new legal restrictions on employers. 

Bullying, Mobbing, and Harassment Without Regard to Protected Class Status: House Bill No. 1771, proposing to prohibit "abusive work environments," is similar to legislation introduced in at least 30 other states. In Massachusetts, one of every three legislators has signed on as a sponsor. If passed, this bill will effectively place every employee in a protected class and significantly increase the number and types of claims that employees can bring against employers and managers.

Members of Nutter’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group will discuss these Legislative initiatives and the potential impact these initiatives will have on employers in the Commonwealth.

Event details:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Registration: 8:00 am
Program: 8:30-10:00 am
A complimentary breakfast will be available starting at 8:00 am

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To register or for more information, please contact NutterEvents@nutter.com.

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