Category Archives: Labor

A Turn of Events for Worcester’s Former County Courthouse

The former Worcester County Courthouse at 2 Main Street was supposed to be converted into residential housing units and retail space after the City reached an agreement in March 2015 to sell it to Brady Sullivan Properties, LLC, a New … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Seminar – July 16 at Holy Cross

On July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law takes effect.  As many of you are aware, the Attorney General’s Office has been busy hosting public hearings concerning their proposed regulations related to the Earned Sick Time Law.  Mirick … Continue reading

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Real Estate Agents Not Covered by Independent Contractor Statute

In 2004, the Massachusetts Legislature passed M.G.L. c. 149, § 148B, known as the independent contractor statute, to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which would deny them benefits they would otherwise be entitled to as employees.  When … Continue reading

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A Gentle Reminder About Proper Workforce Classification

Contractors and Employers Beware:  Misclassification of employees as independent contractors can be expensive.  G.L. c. 149, §148B establishes the standard for determining whether an individual performing services for another should be classified as an employee or independent contractor.  Section 148B provides … Continue reading

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5 Most Commonly-Cited OSHA Violations in the Residential Construction Industry

No contractor wants to be faced with OSHA violations.  To help you avoid them, here are the 5 most common OSHA citations levied against residential contractors of single-family houses.  Not surprisingly, 4 of them relate to protection against falls.  The … Continue reading

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Federal Courts Block NLRB’s Recent Pro-Union Organizing Initiatives

In two highly publicized and much anticipated decisions affecting the construction industry, two separate federal courts stymied the National Labor Relations Board’s recent efforts to (a) raise awareness of employee’s rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act and … Continue reading

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