With its low unemployment rates, above-average paychecks and full supply of moviemaking professionals and newcomers emerging from one of the area's many highly-ranked film program (including Emerson College, Boston University and the Center for Digital Imaging at BU), Boston's film scene has been ready to explode for years. But with three of this award season's buzz movies' roots planted firmly in the Bay... Read more
A federal appeals court ruled today Lahey Clinic had the right to dismiss a worker who accompanied her husband on a seven-week trip to the Philippines for a series of "healing pilgrimages" for a serious heart ailment and other medical problems.
After her firing, Maria Tayag had sued the Burlington hospital under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which lets workers take time off... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a trash company that docked employees after they damaged trucks or other people's property was violating state wage laws.
ABC Disposal Service, Inc. of New Bedford had set up a policy for dealing with damages by giving employees found at fault for accidents a choice: They could face disciplinary action or they could have the cost of repairing... Read more
The mayor's office has scheduled a Friday meeting with employees of the soon-to-be ex-Hi-Lo in Jamaica Plain to give them help finding new work - possibly even at the Whole Foods that will replace the store.
Mayor Menino and other city officials are also scheduled to meet with Whole Foods managers to try to get them to hire as many of the workers as... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a worker injured at a Childrens Hospital construction project in 2003 has the right to sue the contractor who hired him because the site was a complete and dangerous mess.
A lower court had thrown out William Docos's lawsuit against John Moriarty and Associates on the grounds the leaning sheetrock that injured him was "an open and obvious" danger,... Read more
As promised by city councilors Mike Ross and Ayanna Pressley, a city Web site now lets you see how construction projects in the city match up with the city's construction job policy, which asks developers to ensure at least half their workers are Boston residents, 25% are people of color and 10% are women.
DrinkBoston.com reports on efforts to develop a Boston bartenders guild:
Most meetings take place in one of the members' bars during a weekday. The next one, at Craigie on Main January 10, will feature John Mayer of Craigie and Tyler Wang of Drink talking about ice and dilution in cocktails. Other topics in the works include an interactive roundtable about cocktail formulas and discussions... Read more
And a skeptical Davis Square LiveJournal is trying to figure out which local restaurant canned her.
UPDATE: Restaurant identified and tips on how to avoid a situation like this from
Doc Brown local Twitter users, in the comments.
Good Morning Gloucester posts some nausea-inducing video of the tug Justice in heavy seas the other day.
MBTA Transit Police report arresting a Massachusetts Bay Community College student yesterday on charges he fondled a woman's buttocks on a Red Line train between Charles/MGH and Park Street last month.
Brian Canning, 26, was charged with indecent assault and battery after his alleged victim spotted him again last week, about a month after... Read more
Imagine spending the day on an ice-encased boat in the open water hauling up lobster traps.
In a federal lawsuit filed yesterday, workers at Cambridge Health Alliance, which runs hospitals in Cambridge, Somerville and Everett, charge they routinely have 30 minutes deducted from their pay for lunch even when they actually worked through lunch.
The class-action suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, alleges that even when workers did take a lunch break, they were "regularly interrupted with work-related matters... Read more
Mike Ball recalls his days working at the Cain's Mayonnaise factory in Cambridge, where, despite the marvels of automation, the lids on giant mayonnaise jars still had to be tightened by hand. Also, many of the longtime workers had hearing problems.
The lid fit nicely in a standard-size man's hand. We'd put a hand on the jar, place the lid on the opening, snap... Read more
Good Morning Gloucester posts a photo and video of a guy who kept right on hauling up lobster pots even with one of his fingers impaled on a hook.
The lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court, is aimed at letting delivery companies hire independent contractors to deliver packages, but if successful could affect industries from construction to accounting - and let them replace salaried employees with contractors who receive no benefits and for whom the companies do not have to pay unemployment, payroll or Social Security taxes.
The state Attorney General's office says the $50,000 fine levied by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's board of directors against CEO Paul Levy was punishment enough. But the AG's office, which found no abuse of hospital funds, also criticized the directors for not putting a stop to the relationship earlier, even though some board members might have known about it as early as 2003:... Read more
Megan, who normally works in editing, spent a year as a baker at Flour in Fort Point Channel. She dishes on what she will and won't miss (caution: With photos, so not safe if you're hungry):
I will miss making hundreds and hundreds of sticky buns. I don't know why, but sticky buns make people happy. And I like that.... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a law intended to protect pregnant women from job loss gives them exactly eight weeks to recover. Take any more time off and their employers can fire them - even if that's not stated anywhere in company policies.
Technically, the ruling does not affect the $1.1 million verdict won by a housekeeper employed by Global NAPs to tidy... Read more