Articles/Publications

Proposed Bill Targets “Wage Theft” in Massachusetts

Strang Scott has previously written about both the Wage Act, the Massachusetts law protecting the earnings of workers, as well as the independent contractor statute, which governs the classification of workers as either employees or independent contractors. Violating the Wage Act and independent contractor statute can have significant real-world consequences. One consequence is a state […]...

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Strang Scott Featured in Huffington Post

Strang Scott shares its Boston pride in a recent Huffington Post article: 8 Cities With Businesses That Are Bursting With Hometown Pride...

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Online Business Defamation: A New Frontier

The explosion of business review websites and social media applications brings not only opportunities for businesses to get exposure, but also risks of very public negative commentary.  While everyone is entitled to express opinions, that entitlement does not extend to protection for posting demonstratively false statements of fact about businesses online. It is imperative for […]...

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Subcontractors: Do You Really Know What You’ve Waived in Your Lien Waiver?

Many subcontractors treat lien waivers interchangeably:  that is, if you’ve seen one, you’ve them all.  More and more, treating lien waivers in this manner could lead to significant and costly consequences.  Increasingly, general contractors and construction managers are providing subcontractors and suppliers with a new breed of lien waiver.  Unlike traditional lien waivers that sought […]...

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Interprets the “Tips Act”

Massachusetts law protects the “tips” or gratuities that waiters and similarly employed individuals typically receive from customers.  That law is commonly known as the Tips Act  (M.G.L. ch. 149, sec. 152A). The Tips Act provides that all tips must be given to the employees that earned the tips, and that tips cannot be shared with […]...

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Social Media Policies

Social media is a part of everyday life, regularly used by both individuals and businesses. Businesses from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies use social media for advertising and marketing purposes, and many of their employees use social media on their own time. The term “social media” includes communicating information of any sort on the internet, […]...

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Property Managers – Ensure The Property Owner Indemnifies You

Most property management companies focus their efforts on maintaining the day-to-day operations of their properties and really do try to address their tenants’ requests. Often times, it is a thankless job. A quick Google search of many property management companies will reveal horror stories about tenants’ negative experiences. When something goes wrong at a property, […]...

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New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Statute of Repose Against Constitutional Challenge, Barring Claims Against Subcontractor and Design Professional

On February 20, 2015, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Jillian Lennartz v. Oak Point Associates, P.A., & a. In Lennartz, the plaintiff sought to recover for a personal injury suffered in 2009 which was alleged to have resulted from the faulty design or installation of a vent pipe […]...

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E-mail Acceptance Can Constitute Contract for Massachusetts Mechanic’s Liens

The Massachusetts Superior Court recently held that electronic communications and signatures — no less than physically signed documents — can constitute a “written contract” for general contractors, subcontractors and construction material suppliers, within the meaning of the Massachusetts mechanic’s lien statute, G. L. c. 254. In Clean Properties, Inc. v. Riselli (“Clean Properties”), the parties […]...

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