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Protected classes—also sometimes called protected characteristics—come from anti-discrimination law. We talk about them with respect to employment laws, but they also come into play in housing and education. The classes and characteristics protected by federal law include race, color, age (over 40), sex, sexual orientation, gender...

Did you know that your PPP loan may be forgivable? The PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal opened on 8/4/2021. See more on the SBA website: https://directforgiveness.sba.gov/requests/borrower/login/ Currently, the requirements for Direct Forgiveness of the PPP are as follows: The loan must be for $150,000 or less The...

Running a business comes with no shortage of perks: the freedom to be your own boss, invest in an idea, steer its trajectory, and, with a little luck, create wealth. It has its challenges, too. Competition may be fierce. Demand for what you offer may...

President Biden has made Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Private employers may choose to close for the day or offer premium pay, but no federal law requires that they do so. Some employers in Massachusetts,...

Reminder: the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is now open—the collection had been delayed because of COVID-19. Employers that are required to file have until Monday, July 19, 2021, to submit both years of data. Pay data is not required. Employers should visit the newly...

Natural hairstyle discrimination occurs when natural or protective hairstyles (most often worn by Black women) are prohibited or are the basis of different or unfavorable treatment. That sounds a bit technical, but what it usually looks like in practice is dress codes that prohibit corn...

If you’re finding it difficult to hire employees, you’re not alone. Bloomberg reports that many small businesses are struggling to find people who currently want to work—in fact, 42% say they have jobs they can’t fill. The number of people quitting jobs right now is also higher...