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Substantial Changes Coming with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

By Nicholas J. Toyias, Esq. Effective April 1, 2018, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”) will expand already existing legal protections for pregnant employees, most notably, employers will be required to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and related conditions … Continue reading

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The ‘Close Corporation’ Legacy of the Demoulas/Market Basket Saga: A Case Against Type?

Attorney Susan Finneran of Finneran & Nicholson, P.C. and Professor Eric A. Lustig of New England Law Boston authored the following Article in New England Law Boston’s Law Review On Remand reviewing the  recent Market Basket Saga with respect to the potential close corporation legacy of … Continue reading

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Letters of Intent

Letters of Intent Letters of Intent (LOI), Memoranda of Understanding (“MOU”) and other writings, such as term sheets, are frequently used to summarize preliminary agreed upon deal terms, such as the purchase price, financing terms, due diligence parameters, confidentiality, so-called … Continue reading

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New Overtime Rule Deadline Stayed

By Dennis Ford Eagan, Esq. The changes to the overtime regulations that had been set for implementation on December 1, 2016, have been placed on hold. A decision by the United States District Court (E.D. Tex.) on November 22, 2016, has … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment Policies

Under Massachusetts law, all businesses must adopt a Sexual Harassment Policy, outlining prohibited conduct in the workplace and providing details on complaint and reporting procedures to address misconduct. A business’ sexual harassment policy must be distributed annually to all employees … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Parental Leave

The Massachusetts Parental Leave bill has been recently amended impacting the rights afforded to employees in the state who have given birth to or adopted children, or are expecting. The new Parental Leave act took effect as of April 7, … Continue reading

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Doing Business in Other States

By Adam D. Page, Esq. Companies doing business in states other than where the company is incorporated should be aware that there can be differences between the various business laws between and among various states. Generally, shareholders of a corporation … Continue reading

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Arbitration and Governing Law Clauses

By George H. Schadler, Esq. Arbitration can provide many benefits in business disputes, including faster resolution times and lower costs as compared to traditional litigation. However, arbitration provisions must be very clear as to the law that governs and to … Continue reading

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Wage Claims Can Be Subject To Mandatory Arbitration Agreement

Following a recent trend of court decisions upholding broad application and enforceability of arbitration agreements, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that Wage Act claims may be subject to arbitration if agreed to by the employer and employee through … Continue reading

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Personnel Records

Applicable laws in Massachusetts may require that employers maintain certain documents and information for each employee in separate personnel records. These records must be retained for the term of the employment and at least three (3) years after termination. The … Continue reading

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