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OSHA recently enacted a significant change to the requirements for reporting a death on the job and certain serious work place injuries. It is important for Massachusetts employers to be aware of the new requirements, including what must now be reported and the timing of the reports. The full press release is below. Please do […]

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) is a federal law that has been appearing in lawsuits brought by employers against their former employees at an ever increasing rate. The CFAA prohibits employees from accessing their employer’s electronic information without authorization, and includes both criminal and civil causes of action. […]

By Robert P. Rudolph, Esq. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149, Section 152A explicitly outlines Massachusetts law regarding service charges, tips, tip pools and penalties for violation. The protections provided to employees by the statute cannot be waived by private agreement, so it is important for business owners in the hospitality industry to understand the law, […]

By Jay Worthen, Esq. Most Americans would be outraged by a law requiring that certain library books be taken off the shelves and burned. How, then, would those same Americans react to a law that said: “The books can stay on the shelves, but destroy their index cards”? That, many argue, is what Europe’s highest […]

By James L. Rudolph, Esq. and Kara Moheban McLoy, Esq. In Coughlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane Building Co. et al., a Massachusetts Superior Court judge addressed an issue apparently of first impression concerning the interpretation of a Construction Manager at Risk (“CMR”) public construction contract. A CMR contract shifts the majority of the design […]

After nearly two years of litigation in a Civil Contempt action filed by the Office of the Attorney General (the “Commonwealth”), including nine days of trial in Suffolk Superior Court, the Honorable Linda E. Giles recently dismissed all claims against Rudolph Friedmann’s client. Jonathon Friedmann, Chair of the Litigation Department, assisted by Bobby Rudolph, represented […]

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. Massachusetts, like all other states, follows the employment doctrine known as “employee-at will.” The concept is rather straightforward. On one hand, when an employee is considered an employee-at-will, the employee can choose to leave his or her employment at any time, without advance notice, and without having to give a […]

Covenants not to compete are generally disfavored. To enforce a non-compete, an employer must show that the covenant is necessary to protect a legitimate business interest, reasonably limited in time and space, and consonant with the public interest. This often requires individualized judicial consideration. And the matter is usually first presented to the judge by […]

By Jay Worthen, Esq. A recent decision by the US Bankruptcy Court has invalidated certain so-called “Homestead” protections in real estate that will likely affect many Massachusetts residents. First, a little background:

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. Bolstered by a wage statute that provides for mandatory triple damages and attorneys’ fees, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to be a hotbed for both individual and class action wage and hour lawsuits. In addition to harsh statutory penalties, recent decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) all but […]

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