OSHA Will Require Large Employers to Mandate Vaccinations or Test Weekly

Man receives shot from nurse in an office setting while medical technicians look on.
Photo by CDC on Unsplash

The next installment in the Fenway Law series, “Getting Back to the Workplace,” discusses a new federal vaccine mandate for large employers. The COVID-19 Delta variant has stalled economic recovery from pandemic restrictions. …


Photo by Pascal Bernardon on Unsplash

Employers: take note that Juneteenth is now an official state holiday in Massachusetts.

The June 19 holiday celebrates the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the former confederate states. The 1863 proclamation outlawed slavery in the United States, yet news of the law did not reach the South…


With Newly Confirmed Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Workers Take the Spotlight

“Remarks at AFL-CIO Labor Day Virtual Event — Harrisburg, PA — September 7, 2020” by Biden For President is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was sworn in on Tuesday as the 29th Secretary of Labor for the United States of America, the last of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees to be confirmed by the Senate.

I wrote about…


Photo by Anelale Nájera on Unsplash

Part II in the new Fenway Law series, “Getting Back to the Workplace” — a guide for businesses emerging from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Part I covered Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace.

Let’s talk about what the post-pandemic workplace might look like for office dwellers.

With recent approval of a third…


Biden Administration Revisions, New State Law and Continued Judicial Interpretation Mark Evolving Nature of Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts for Public and Private Colleges and Universities in the Commonwealth

Photo by Alex Motoc on Unsplash

Title IX Administrators have endured a whirlwind of change over the last eighteen months, from implementing the 2020 revisions to the…


From our recent July 2021 guest post on the Massachusetts Brewers Guild’s Tap Talk blog, here’s some advice that applies to any business seeking to create a more equitable workplace for employees.

Over the course of the last year, Massachusetts Brewers Guild members have taken a head-on approach to addressing…


West Roxbury Main Streets Program #Hungry2Help Boosts Sales at 12 Neighborhood Businesses, Raises Over $3,200 for Boston-Area Food Pantries

People next to donations in a food pantry
WRMS Executive Director Jacob Robinson and Board Chair Elizabeth Hoenscheid (Owner, Top It Off Accessories) with Rose’s Bounty Director Darra Slagle following a food donation delivery to the basement of the Stratford Street United Church, West Roxbury (May 20, 2021; credit: WRMS).

In an era of declining sales for small businesses and rising hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Roxbury Main Streets, business owners, and neighborhood residents came together to launch the Hungry to Help promotion earlier this year.

Hungry to Help was based on a simple idea from Johnny Fortin…


Workers at a communal table with laptops. Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash.
Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash

Fenway Law provides compliance advice for growing tech startups. Most employment and benefits laws apply once a company meets a minimum headcount.

In this advisory, founder Michael Loconto provides a general guide for growing Massachusetts startups and small businesses.

So you founded a tech startup — seizing on a world-changing…


Professor Questioned College’s LGBTQ+ Policies in Promotion Denial; SJC Applies Two Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Ministerial Exception

“Frost Hall, Gordon College” by d4vidbruce is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declined to apply the ministerial exception and shield a religious college from liability in a faculty member’s discrimination claim.

In DeWeese-Boyd v. Gordon Coll., No. 12988 (Mass. Sup. Jud. Ct. Mar. 5, 2021), the court heard argument on “the ministerial exception, which prohibits…


If your family is like ours, you have spent much of the last year getting to know the paths and trails close to home. After a long day of remote work and learning, we try to get out most afternoons (and away from screens) for an hour or two of…

Michael Loconto

Boston, MA attorney and consultant specializing in labor and employment law, dispute resolution and government relations.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store