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The Massachusetts Blue Laws
Ancestry Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4

Sexual Orientation Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Sex Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Access to Personnel Files: G.L. c. 149 s. 52C
Smoking in the Workplace: G.L. c. 270 s. 22
Meal Breaks: G.L. c. 149 s. 100
CORI: G.L. c. 151B s.4(9 1/2) 
Race Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Religious Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
National Origin Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Uniformed Military Service Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Genetic Information Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Handicap Discrimination : G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Sexual Harassment: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Age Discrimination: G.L. c. 151B s. 4
Compensation/Pay Discrimination: G.L. c. 149, s.105A
Independent Contractors: G.L. c. 149, s. 148B
Jury Duty: G.L. 234A, s. 48
Lie Detector Tests: G.L. c. 149, s. 19B
Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act : G.L. 149, s.105D
Retaliation (Compensation): G.L. c. 149, s. 105B
Retaliation (Fair Employment Practices)
Sexual Harassment (Policy Mandate): G.L. 151B s. 3A
Retaliation, Wages: G.L. c. 149, s. 148A
Small Necessities Leave Act: G.L. c. 149, s. 52D
Wages, Vacation: G.L. c. 149, s. 148
Workers Compensation: G.L. c. 152
Wages, Overtime: G.L. c. 151, s. 1A
Unemployment Insurance: G.L. c. 151A
Personnel Records


Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) 
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)
Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision of the FLSA
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)


US Department of Labor
Massachusetts Attorney General
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Occupational Safety and Health Association
Massachusetts Secretary of State – Home
Massachusetts Secretary of State – Corporations Division
Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidentsor
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
State Government Labor Offices


State Minimum Wage Laws
DOL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Compliance Assistance: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 
DOL Forms Library
USSERA Employment Law Guide
Break Time for Nursing Mothers FAQs
Handy Reference Guide to the FLSA
Workplace Poster Requirements for Small Businesses and Other Employers
Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA (Fact Sheet)
OSHA Safety and Health Topics
Employment Law Guide
Employment Laws Assistance


EEOC Record Keeping Requirements
Memoranda of Understanding

Enforcement Guidance and Related Documents

Enforcement Guidance: Disability Related Inquiries

Questions and Answers: Policy Guidance on Genetic Testing

EEOC Compliance Manual

Enforcement Guidance on Vicarious Employer Liability for Unlawful Harassment by Supervisors
Compliance Manual on Race and Color Discrimination
Compliance Manual on Religious Discrimination

Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Care-giving Responsibilities

Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA

Fact Sheet on the EEOC’s Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA
Questions and Answers on the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
Questions and Answers for Small Businesses: The Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Business

Enforcement Guidance on the Application of the ADA to Contingent Workers Placed by Temporary Agencies and Other Staffing Firms
Q&A’s: Policy Guidance On Establishing Procedures To Facilitate The Provision Of Reasonable Accommodation

List of specific changes the ADAAA makes to the ADA

Enforcement Guidance on Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Facts About the Americans With Disabilities Act
Selected Enforcement Guidances and Other Policy Documents on the ADA
EEOC Compliance Manual on “Retaliation”


Attorney Resources
Links and Resources
Sexual Harassment Guidelines
Discrimination on the Basis of Criminal Records Fact Sheet
Handicap Discrimination Fact Sheet
Genetic Testing Fact Sheet
Maternity Leave Act Guidelines
Age Discrimination Fact Sheet
Model Sexual Harassment Policy
Discrimination Case Law Research


Workplace Rights
Wage and Hour

Workplace-Related Statutes

An Advisory from the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division on M.G.L. c. 149, s. 148B 2008/1 (PDF)
An Advisory from the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division on an Act Protecting the Wages and Tips of Certain Employees
An Advisory from the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division on Vacation Policies

An Advisory from the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division on An Act Providing Employees Leave for Certain Family Obligations
Restrictions on business openings on Sundays and legal holidays 

Veterans’ Resource Guide

The Attorney General’s Guide for Working Teens
The Attorney General’s Advisory regarding Independent Contractors
Health Care Reform FAQs

Bar Associations

The Massachusetts Bar Association
The Boston Bar Association
The Women's Bar Association
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

Government – Courts

Massachusetts Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Supreme Court
Massachusetts Judge Assignments


Code of Massachusetts Regulations
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Federal Rules of Evidence
Massachusetts Constitution
Massachusetts General Laws
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
US Code
US Regulations


Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce
Boston Better Business Bureau
New England Human Resources Organization
Massachusetts Society for Human Resources Management
AAIM Employers' Association
HR Hero
HR Laws

Legal Referrals

Martindale Hubbard


The Boston Globe
The Boston Herald
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Boston Business Journal
American Bar Association Journal
Massachusetts Public Notices
The Patch


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