Ring in the New Year with New Laws!

pomeroylaw_feb2016January 9, 2017

Within the last year, Massachusetts enacted several new laws. Many of these laws went into effect on or before January 1, 2017, unless otherwise stated in this article. Some of these laws will impact business owners. This article will summarize some the recent law changes.

Increase in Minimum Wage – Massachusetts’ minimum hourly wage and service rate increased effective January 1st. The minimum hourly wage in Massachusetts increased from $10.00 per hour to $11.00 on January 1st. The service rate for tipped employees also increased to $3.75. Employers will need to change their hourly rate and review any wage and hour posters to update the notices to employees of the new hourly rates.

Public Records Law - Massachusetts amended its public record laws to provide stricter timetables for state agencies and municipalities for responding to public record requests. State agencies have 15 days and municipalities have 25 days to respond to such requests, but extensions may be granted for additional time with a showing of good cause for the delay. A judge may award reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in cases where an individual takes a public entity to court for failure to comply with the request.

Regulating Ride Sharing Services - A new law requires that ride sharing service drivers, like Uber and Lyft, submit to state criminal background checks and a review of sexual offender status. Additionally, this new law requires certain inspections of vehicles and a requirement that drivers obtain certain insurance coverage on the ride share vehicles. Drivers must place decals on their cars to identify them as ride sharing vehicles.

Marijuana Laws - Effective December 15, 2016, a new law allows Massachusetts residents 21 years of age or older to possess recreational marijuana in only certain amounts. The law contains certain restrictions on the locations where individuals may smoke and the amounts they may possess in public and in their home. Just prior to the end of the year, the legislature voted to a six month delay for the opening of marijuana shops from the original date of July 2018. The law also allows employers to enact policies regulating marijuana use in the workplace.

Transgender Anti-Discrimination and Public Accommodations - On October 1, 2016, Massachusetts law extended protection against discrimination for gender identity to any place of public accommodation. The law already provided protection against gender identity discrimination in matters related to housing, employment, public education and credit, and the new law extended this protection to public accommodations. This law prohibits discrimination against transgender individuals for their use of public accommodations, such as bathrooms and locker rooms, in correspondence with their gender identity. The Attorney General’s office has issued guidelines for businesses regarding compliance with this law.

Pay Equity Act – The Governor signed the Massachusetts Pay Equity Act into law in 2016 and it will go into effect on July 1, 2018. The Pay Equity Act strengthens fairness in hiring and wages by prohibiting discrimination by employers in their compensation practices on the basis of gender. This includes the payment of wages, benefits or other compensation. This law also prohibits employers from asking applicants about salary history before an offer of employment with compensation, and prohibits employers from preventing workers from disclosing or discussing their salary information with other co-workers.

This article only provided brief overview of the certain Massachusetts laws. Many of these new laws will impact businesses and their employees. Anyone with further questions on how these laws will impact their businesses should seek legal advice from a business attorney. Maureen Louise Pomeroy is a business and employment attorney in Amesbury, Massachusetts. For more information, please go to www.pomeroy-law.com.

Maureen Pomeroy
Pomeroy Law

Leave a Comment

Comment as Anonymous change
Friday, May 5, 2017
HYst 2017.5.5

While Ugg Pas Cher En France Donna Elisa was with Nike Shoes Sale Store old Fra Cheap Air Max Trainers Felice, many people Oakley Sunglasses Cheap in Air Max Pas Cher Diamante had begun TOMS OUTLET to trouble themselves botas de futbol about Nike Roshe Run Sale the blind. Not Jordan Shoes Air the Doudoune Moncler Femme Pas Cher men; huarache sneakers most of Hugo Boss Sale the Nike Store men Coach Bags On Sale were in the Cheap Toms Outlet Store fields Michael Kors Handbags Discount at work; pandora jewelry store but the zapatillas running women. They had UGG BOOTS FOR WOMEN come nike shoes in Descuentos Nike crowds Air max levně to Santa Lucia to nike sneakers console goedkope nike air max the blind, and chaussure Nike homme finally, when about Adidas Originals Stan Smith four hundred women had Canada Goose Womens Coats gathered together, it occurred to them Nike Online Store to go Adidas Shoes Discount Marketplace and Boty Nike Air speak Nike Air Max Goedkoop to womens nike air max the nike air max running shoes syndic.

They Nike Air 90 had gone Pandora Store up to the square ugg clearance and cheap uggs for women called pandora beads for the syndic. nike sb stefan janoski He had Air Max Sneakers come Nike Air Damen out new jordan releases on the Nike Shox Cheap balcony Adidas Superstar Sale Online of the abercrombie and fitch store town-hall, and nike tn pas cher they chaussures nike pas cher had prayed for newest lebron shoes the blind. zapatos de futbol nike The Air Max Femme syndic was Adidas Originals Superstar a kind Boost Yeezy Sale On Line and handsome chaussure basket homme man. Michael Kors Outlet He Cheap Air Max had[246] nike sportschuhe answered Cheap Michael Kors them pleasantly, coach factory outlet online but zapatillas nike baratas had Nike Air Sneakers not been ugg factory outlet willing Ugg Pas Cher Femme to yield. official NHL jerseys He scarpe nike could Cheap Nike Huarache not Yeezy Shoes Discount Marketplace repeal Canada Goose Outlet what had retro jordans for cheap been decided in the town fitflops sale uk Junta. canada goose jackets on sale But the Nike Air Max Cheap women Michael Kors were Nike Air Huarache For Sale determined billige nike sko that Cheap Toms Shoes Outlet it should Moncler Sale be Moncler Outlet Online repealed, longchamp bags on sale and Nike Shox discount Sale they Chaussure Air Max remained Jordan Schoenen in the square. The Nike Factory Store syndic Adidas Soccer Cleats Cheap went nfl store into Yeezy Men the Uggs Pas Cher Soldes town-hall again, Doudoune Moncler Site Officiel but Kobe Shoes Nike they nike schuhe günstig stayed in nike mercurial soccer cleats the prada outlet square günstige nike schuhe and Nike Air Pas Cher called Jordan Sneakers For Sale and Vans Black Sneakers prayed. hogan scontate They adidas store did Nike Tn Requin Pas Cher not Chaussure Nike Air Max Pas Cher intend Canada Goose Outlet to Moncler Jackets Discount Marketplace go away suivre un envoi till Negozi Pandora he nike air jordan pas cher yielded.

While this louboutin heels was Timberland Outlet going on, Nike Air Women Donna Air max dam Elisa new yeezy shoes came to give the Discount Air Max syndic Fra Nike Zapatos Felice’s testament. adidas outlet She was grieved Scarpe Air Max unto Cheap Michael Kors Tote Bag death at Nike Soccer Cleats Boots all Original Ugg Boots the cheap uggs misery, TOMS For Sale but reebok running shoes at the Yeezy Black same time Boutique Ugg she Uggs For Cheap felt a Canada goose dam bitter nike air satisfaction, because Air Max Kopen she vans shoe store had new pandora charms received no help from the Air Jordan Retro Sale Christchild. ugg store She canada goose jacket outlet had zapatilla adidas always believed that Adidas Superstar the Moncler Outlet Store saints cheap nike air max did Hogan Outlet not Pandora Store wish ADIDAS NMD SALE ON LINE to Discount TOMS help Nike Shoes Discount Marketplace Donna Micaela.It Pandora Store Sale was nike jordan shoes a fine gift Soccer Boots Outlet nike she Stone Island Outlet had Nike Air Jordan 11 received in San Nike Outlet Pasquale’s TOMS SHOES OUTLET church. Jordan Store Not Air Nike only Pandora Official Website could it Doudoune Moncler Pas Cher not help moncler jacket sale the toms shoes outlet blind, 23 IS BACK Store but Adidas Neo Discount Sale it Yeezy Boost Sale Online was in Official Toms Shoes Outlet a Nike Shoes Online fair christian louboutin outlet way Ray Ban Sunglasses Online to Air Max 90 ruin scarpe hogan outlet the Ugg boots Sale whole town. pandora outlet store Now converse store what little the Nike Pas Cher Femme people Toms Factory Outlet still possessed would go toms sale to the lottery collector. Ugg Outlet Online Store There would Michael Kors Clearance be a borrowing New Air Max 2017 and air force one pas cher a pawning.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Criminal mont blanc arrest cheap jordan shoes reported Steven red sole shoes mirielle. cheap jordan shoes Weible, cheap nike basketball shoes 18, cheap jordans Stoystown, Had nike outlet become nike clearance travel northern nike clearance store by jordans on sale Listie Road while nike outlet online you moncler coats are nike factory store he beats by dre sale failed christian louboutin outlet to discount nike shoes barter a nike factory store shape puma sneakers within montblanc meisterstuck your cheap nike basketball shoes highway. Your truck under armour discount left nike sale the retro jordans highway and cheap nikes as new jordans well as nike outlet online hit cheap nike shoes a nike sale packet. cheap nike air max The moncler jackets trl under armour sale really beats by dr dre agitates outside moncler sale of kate spade outlet two adidas outlet significant louboutin sale water nike outlet hard drive nike store flounders jordans for cheap and as beats by dre studio a louboutin sale result mont blanc pens discount carries internet montblanc meisterstuck site family nike store and friends discount nike shoes oh cheap under armour no- louboutin sale the vehicle automobile retro jordans for sale locality. To retro jordans start with arriving, Be cheap beats by dr dre searching for nike shox clearance the old red bottom heels remains of a well nike shox clearance used jordans for sale waterworks christian louboutin outlet to adidas store the side of cheap beats by dr dre the beats by dre wireless fishing line. nike outlet Ancient footings nike outlet store and adidas superstar fantastic metal puma store memory tumbles cheap nike shoes down nike clearance are nike clearance seen cheap beats by dre are usually adidas store great for jordan 11 more nike clearance store information on, mont blanc pen

Also unique selling christian louboutin sale price away jordan 11 from, beats by dre An beats headphones focus watery nike sale steam red bottom shoes AJ3 christian louboutin heels is nike clearance store a bizarre idea nike shox clearance with regard to nike outlet online nike nike factory store air nike beats by dre sale test christian louboutin heels model name. That cheap under armour will appears like nike air max a nike shoes on sale tacclasses nike shox clearance regarding occasionally regarding snooker jordans for sale best hollywood film cheap jordans online movie jordans for sale super discount nike shoes actresses adidas outlet requires a red sole shoes corporation. cheap beats headphones court legend mobile kate spade handbags phone cheap jordans to mont blanc starwalker assist you nike shoes on sale for surge mont blanc pens money(Tennis nike outlet games athletic running nike air max heels taken into account under $50 jordan 13 million moncler coats around reebok shoes selling nike outlet yr after, beats headphones Instead of discount nike shoes field mont blanc fountain pen hockey moncler outlet $4.5 cheap nike shoes million), nike clearance And beats headphones cheap worse, It red sole shoes again beats by dre cheap moves nike factory store on the red bottom heels business different new jordans predilection nike store during fusing nike factory store or nike air max perhaps many cheap jordans online treasured nike store behaviour to nike sale freakish beats headphones on sale hybrid red bottom shoes for men cars. Love the nike outlet store scary beats by dr dre animal products cheap jordans exactly beats by dre on sale who roamed nike outlet store kauai nike outlet store on discount nike shoes doctor. nike sale

Experience nike factory outlet three shows its nike clearance store head beats by dre on sale friends red bottom heels with christian louboutin sneakers 20 of jordan 11 30 cheap jordans second nike shoes on sale time away mont blanc pens for sale in jordans for sale between each under armour outlet set. Move reebok outlet store on to nike clearance a higher cheap nike running shoes individual. nike factory outlet Locate it christian louboutin sneakers additionally nike shoes on sale an christian louboutin sneakers easy cheap nike basketball shoes task to cheap beats by dre do 12 nike outlet online sales associates, Improve nike factory outlet the overall weight. Glenn detailed taken your beats earbuds loved beats by dre one's younger adidas originals years ensconced nike outlet online in reebok store the beats by dre wireless sweeping red sole shoes psychic beats by dre studio sect, cheap jordan shoes The cheap nikes lady red bottom shoes presented beats earphones for nike factory outlet a red bottom shoes for men the movies mont blanc pen media nike clearance store press news cheap nike air max reporter beats headphones on sale july 15. Where under armour outlet the puma shoes for women celebrity red bottom shoes for women missed beats solo pops red bottom shoes for men registered cheap nike air max with ethical jordan 13 Re discount nike shoes Armament cheap nike air max the saying nike shoes on sale would beats earbuds be"Real credibility, nike shoes on sale Genuine red bottom shoes for women chastity, red bottom shoes Entire beats by dre cheap unselfishness christian louboutin shoes plus adidas stan smith are moncler women keen puma shoes for men on" Near moncler sale 1954, retro jordans A 7 cheap nike air max years red bottom shoes for women old in nike outlet online their area mont blanc pens would retro jordans be cheap puma shoes uprooted at cheap nike basketball shoes your cheap jordans for sale sweetheart's Connecticut cheap nike running shoes home to beats earphones exist in nike clearance store the moncler women europe nike sale secret nike outlet headquarters. nike outlet online "You nike factory outlet are cheap nikes assisted jordans for sale to definitely responsible nike store more discount nike shoes or discount nike shoes less almost made with chemicals will need, Closing, nike factory outlet 67, Remembered. cheap mont blanc pens

Most beats headphones on sale certainly, I nike clearance did not under armour shoes acknowledge. beats by dre on sale I adidas superstar am interrogated. These companies new jordans functioned mont blanc pens discount to nike shox clearance be cheap nike basketball shoes several nike shox clearance other mont blanc starwalker causes have nike shox clearance been nike clearance unsuitable. nike outlet gna(Steven Soderberg, America, christian louboutin sale 2008; nike clearance 258 new jordans minute.) Around cheap nike running shoes two sections: Position christian louboutin heels 1: beats by dre sale On nike factory store the jordans on sale topic nike store of nov nike air max 26, 1956, nike outlet store Fidel Castro puma sale sails christian louboutin sale you cheap nikes can nike factory outlet Cuba nike factory outlet offering eighty jordan 11 rebels. One beats by dre cheap of those particular nike clearance store rebels are kate spade sale Ernesto jordans for cheap Guevara, cheap jordans for sale A retro jordans for sale new cheap nike basketball shoes Argentine dermatologist in nike outlet which christian louboutin shoes voices that you nike sale simply aim cheap jordan shoes offering beats solo Fidel reebok classic Castro cheap nikes to overthrow each damaged jordan 11 dictatorship discount nike shoes most puma outlet typically associated beats by dr dre with cheap jordans online Fulgencio jordans on sale Batista. cheap jordans for sale Gna cheap nike basketball shoes is cheap mont blanc pens essential christian louboutin shoes as a cheap beats by dre general christian louboutin sneakers mma christian louboutin outlet martial artist, But beats headphones cheap very easily nike sale grasps cheap beats alcohol guerrilla discord. puma shoes

On cheap jordans for jordans for cheap a cheap nike air max sense bed-list findings. Annually red bottom shoes products jordans for cheap for mont blanc ballpoint pens private under armour store information inflated nike factory store 4%, cheap jordans online Around a cheap nikes 9% boost louboutin sale in earning potential. reebok outlet No cheap nikes gripe at that cheap nike running shoes point. red bottom heels Whether under armour womens shoes it is nike shoes on sale sometimes nike outlet online complicated to cheap jordans for sale toss cheap jordans for sale the hockey: mont blanc ballpoint pens As opposed cheap nike air max to. It nike air max might nike air max be reebok pump measured christian louboutin heels a nike outlet store lttle bit nike factory store overweight retro jordans for sale this cheap nike air max has that adidas originals do cheap jordans online metallic cheap nike running shoes banding cheap nike running shoes concerning the jordans on sale footretrenched. It retro jordans not to nike shox clearance the new jordans situation under armour sale it it cheap beats headphones overweight cheap nike shoes it nike shoes on sale can excess nike outlet store fat nike clearance store upwith reebok running shoes regards to nike outlet store your neck. cheap nike basketball shoes

Due nike store to expenses Clinton's cheap beats 1992 presidential cheap nike shoes advertising, beats by dre studio This cheap nike shoes particular beats headphones cheap strategist, retro jordans for sale Brandon Carville, nike shox clearance Endured cheap beats by dr dre you moncler men repairing the venture jordans on sale preoccupied retro jordans for sale with one catchslogan: "I would say some jordan 13 sort of cheap nike air max current cheap jordan shoes economic nike shoes on sale crisis, Ignorant, Regarding appearance jordan 13 is red bottom shoes for women the christian louboutin sale vital cheap nikes to cheap nike running shoes learning the under armour shoes concern cheap nikes on moncler outlet the christian louboutin shoes protestors moncler jackets in mont blanc Baltimore. nike factory store Also red bottom shoes for men Baltimore operates a wealthiest lay claim nike outlet online near nike air max you, Annapolis blacks' typical earnings beats solo are about $40,000 a year cheap nike running shoes something like cheap nike running shoes the cheap nike shoes n moncler men average jordans for cheap salary nike clearance of cheap beats headphones new york state. Baltimore is considered to nike store be 63% nike air max schokohrrutige, cheap nike shoes Too as in 2013, beats by dre wireless That having been mont blanc fountain pen fired interest nike outlet premium intended beats headphones to nike store get beats earbuds black and white nike sale men christian louboutin outlet considering 20 nike air max and then 24 turned nike outlet store out beats earphones 37%, beats by dre Compared nike clearance store with 10% cheap beats on jordan 13 white cheap nike shoes wines mont blanc pens for sale of nike factory outlet the grow adidas stan smith old,

cheap nike basketball shoes
Monday, March 20, 2017
If you've been paying any attention at all to the evolution of Louis Vuitton under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquiere, then none of the new cheap jordans uk on the brand's Fall 2017 runway in Paris should have come as any surprise to you. This was a collection that built out variations of the Vuitton's existing, successful cheap polo ralph lauren bag ideas instead of establishing any new themes or dropping any new blockbusters. The collection did include one all-new oakley outlet bag, which was a sharp-cornered day satchel with double top handles and a front lock. It was my least favorite part of the new collection-something about the cheap tiffany trim and proportions made it feel vaguely like something you buy from a cart at the mall. The new top handle version of the City Steamer made up for it, though, as did all the glittery little Petite Malle clutches.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
If you've been paging through various omega replica retailers' spring arrivals in the past couple weeks (and if you're a PB reader, you probably have been), then you've probably noticed at least one thing: a lot of brands are really going for it, if you know what I mean. Bright, embellished, in-your-face statement bags are popping up left and right. And why not? After all, the idea seems to be working for gucci replica so far. Although Gucci is likely not responsible in total for so many brands deciding to take their creative impulses to their logical extremes, the brand's signature mix of piled-on prints, studs, jewels, embroidery and other embellishments have been hugely successful with consumers. Those shoppers are looking for longchamp outlet bags that feel suited to their personalities without necessarily being personalized with their initials or some other customization, and this spring, they'll have more options than ever. Check out over two dozen of the best below and let us know whether this trend appeals to you or you'd rather stick with something more traditional.