Articles/Publications

New Guidance from Massachusetts on Reopening Office Space

Reopening The Office  Under the Governor’s phased reopening plan office spaces outside Boston will be allowed to resume operations at 25% capacity beginning on May 25, 2020 and offices inside Boston may reopen at 25% capacity on June 1. Prior to reopening, businesses in all industries  are required to develop a written COVID-19 Control Plan […]...

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New Guidelines for Safe Construction Sites

Massachusetts Reopens: Construction Guidelines On May 18, 2020 Governor Charlie Baker released his four-phase plan for reopening Massachusetts. During Phase 1 beginning on May 18, essential businesses, manufacturing and construction will be allowed to resume operations. The Commonwealth published both general and industry specific guidelines that business must adhere to in order to reopen. Although […]...

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A Case of COVID on Your Construction Site

Despite taking all required and recommended precautions, there is still a chance that someone on your site might test positive for COVID-19. If a worker on your site tests positive for COVID-19, there are steps you must take to ensure the health and safety of your workforce and to comply with the requirements established by […]...

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The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Law: Important Dates

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law goes into effect on July 1, 2019, and creates a public insurance program to provide Massachusetts workers with paid leave in order to welcome and care for a new child; take time off for their own serious illness or injury; take care of an ill family […]...

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Getting Direct Payment for Subcontractors when General Contractors Fail to Pay

Massachusetts law provides a mechanism through which subcontractors on public projects may get paid directly from awarding authorities. If a general contractor does not pay a subcontract balance due within seventy days after the subcontractor substantially completes the work, the subcontractor may demand payment directly from the awarding authority in certain circumstances. These requirements are […]...

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Corporate Considerations: Keeping up Formalities and Successor Liability

As discussed in previous posts, the creation of a formal corporate entity and compliance with state prescribed formalities can offer business owners and members substantial protections from individual liability for business debts when acting by and through an entity. This compliance with formality can also offer substantial protections in the common event of one entity (a “Successor Entity”) […]...

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`Tips the Season…to Revise Your Payroll Practices in the Service Industry!

As of January 1, 2019, the new minimum wage in Massachusetts is $12 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.35 per hour for tipped employees who make more than $20 per month. However, employers need to be aware of an important caveat with regard to the latter category: under the new law, employers must ensure […]...

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Draft Regulations – How Employers Can Get Involved

Starting in 2021, Massachusetts employees will be entitled to paid family and medical leave under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The leave will allow employees to (1) care for a family member with a serious health condition, or (2) care for the employee’s own health condition. The leave period ranges from 12 […]...

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Actions Speak Louder Than (Written) Words: When Strict Compliance is not a Defense to Actual Notice in Commercial Leasing

The Massachusetts Superior Court (Essex) recently held that failure to strictly comply with commercial lease notice requirements did not invalidate a tenant’s email and verbal notice of its intent to terminate a lease.  Specifically, the tenant wanted to avoid triggering the automatic extension clause in the lease but did not send notice in the manner […]...

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Non-Compete Reform Comes to Massachusetts

     After years of trying to find common ground on non-compete reform, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill – which Governor Charlie Baker signed into law on August 10, 2018 – that promises to significantly change the employment landscape in the Commonwealth. The new law will take effect on October 1, 2018. The following […]...

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