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Contractors who have participated in the public bidding process understand that there must be “strict compliance with the requirements of G.L. c. 149, §§ 44A-44L” or their bid may be rejected.  However, what happens if the Awarding Authority rejects a contractor’s bid because it believes the bid was submitted just a few seconds late?  What […]

ByAdam J. Shafran, Esq. As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Massachusetts will be increasing to $9.00/hr. The Commonwealth has instituted an aggressive minimum wage initiative to raise the minimum wage $1.00 each year to ultimately reach $11.00 an hour as of January 1st 2017. 

When there is a breach of certain types of contracts, the aggrieved party may seek the equitable remedy of specific performance, that is, a court order compelling the breaching party to undertake to perform or to complete performance of such party’s obligations under the contract.  Specific performance is available whenever the subject matter of the […]

Can an individual waive his or her right to file a lawsuit and provide a release before even participating in an event?  The answer to both questions is yes.

ByJocelyn J. Campbell Esq. It seems as if everyone wants to rent out their spare room for cash.  If you have ever wondered whether you could legally rent out an extra room or your entire house on a short term basis, this article is for you.   Recently we were asked by a client to assist […]

By Robert P. Rudolph, Esq. On June 26, 2014, Governor Patrick signed “An Act Establishing a Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights.”  Similar to comparable laws in New York, California and Hawaii, the bill extends work standards and labor protections to approximately 67,000 domestic workers in the Commonwealth.  The new legislation provides domestic workers with many […]

You’ve hired an experienced and successful sales manager and you and your employee are now faced with a potential legal claim from your employee’s former employer. Or your company is facing legal proceedings and individual employees are involved in the case or called as witnesses. Your employee cannot afford to retain separate legal counsel. May […]

By James L. Rudolph, Esq. and Alex Robbins, Law Clerk Medical marijuana users have faced significant backlash in the workplace, as employees testing positive for cannabis have generally been terminated or disciplined under some sort of “zero tolerance” employment policy. Employers and employees have raised numerous questions about these policies, especially given that federal law […]

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court expanded the rights of condominium associations to recover for damage for the negligent construction of common areas of a condominium development. The case is Wyman et al. v. Ayer Properties, LLC.

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. Companies in all industries, large and small, should prepare themselves now for upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the federal law governing overtime wages. In March of this year, President Obama issued a memorandum to the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) mandating the DOL to update […]

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