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On October 1, 2018, lost in the deserved fanfare that the passing of the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act garnered, Massachusetts also became the second-to-last state to adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) (only New York remains). In doing so, Massachusetts statutorily updated both its 80-year-old definition of “trade secret” and legal remedies for misappropriation […]

Bobby Rudolph was published in the spring issue of Paradigm magazine, an international legal publication that delivers articles regarding developments and trends in legal issues to corporate clients around the world. His article “U.S. Department of Labor Modifies Stance on Obama Era 80/20 Rule for Tipped Employees” provides an analysis and update on the U.S. […]

On September 7, 2018, the Chief Justice of Massachusetts’ highest court issued an opinion consequential for Massachusetts employers with out-of-state employees (Oxford Glob. Res., LLC v. Hernandez). In declaring a Massachusetts noncompete void as against California public policy, Oxford signals to Massachusetts employers that, in certain circumstances, the dual interests of out-of-state employees and limiting […]

by Robert P. Rudolph On November 8, 2018 the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Opinion Letter FLSA 2018-27, which rolls back the Obama-era’s enforcement of what is commonly referred to as the “80/20 Rule.” Many states allow an employer to pay a lower tipped rate to tipped service employees, such as waiters and bussers. For […]

by Adam Shafran Class action wage and hour and other similar employment class action lawsuits are more prevalent than ever, particularly in Massachusetts, which has some of the strongest pro-employee laws in the country. A decision from the Massachusetts Business Litigation Session demonstrates that employers faced with a class action lawsuit must be careful how […]

by George Georgountzos A lease functions as the basis of the contractual agreement between the landlord and tenant, outlining the parties’ obligations to each other. When disputes arise, parties, counsel and courts look to the lease as the starting point in determining what the parties agreed to and whether there has been a breach. Peculiar […]

The ABC Store in Anytown is hiring!! Immediate opening for part-time mother’s hours, M-F 8:30am-2:30pm with some Saturdays (as needed). Individual should have good customer service skills, some computer skills, ability to multi-task and handle packages up to 30-40 lbs. Call John Doe at 781-224-2500 or come in to the store @ 15 Lincoln St. […]

by George Georgountzos Landlords who lease residential units face new challenges in dealing with legalized marijuana use. Legal use of medicinal marijuana has been around for a while and Massachusetts courts have addressed issues about offering reasonable accommodations for individuals who are prescribed marijuana under a doctor’s care. Now that Massachusetts has legalized recreational use […]

by Robert P. Rudolph According to the US Census Bureau, there are nearly one million renter-occupied housing units in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is estimated that 75 percent of rental units are owned by small property owners who do their own management instead of contracting it out. When a new tenant moves in, it […]

by James L. Rudolph and Robert P. Rudolph On November 8, 2018 the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued Opinion Letter FLSA 2018-27 which rolls back the Obama-era’s enforcement of what is commonly referred to as the “80/20 Rule.” Many states allow an employer to pay a lower tipped rate to tipped service employees, such as […]

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