The Labor & Employment Section hosted a discussion of
legislative initiatives which could significantly impact
Massachusetts employers and employees, as well as the practice of
employment law. The event was held May 24 at the MBA's Boston
The panel, which included Representatives William N. Brownsberger,
Lori A. Ehrlich and Martin J. Walsh, discussed, among other
- House Bill 1409, which would amend the Massachusetts Maternity
Leave Act (sponsored by Rep. Walsh);
- House Bill 1411, which would amend the Massachusetts Wage Act
by making treble damages mandatory only upon willful violation
(sponsored by Rep. Walz);
- House Bill 2293, which would regulate the use of
non-competition/non-solicitation agreements (sponsored by Reps.
Brownsberger and Ehrlich);
- House Bill 1398, which would require employers to provide paid
sick leave to employees (sponsored by Rep. Khan).