By Eric J. Krathwohl and Jonathan Goldberg on August 2, 2016

After many months of speculation about the evolving legislative and regulatory support of the solar industry in Massachusetts, new laws and implementing regulations have been adopted. These changes will have a significant impact future solar development projects. In April 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Solar Energy into law. Under the new law, the value of solar net-metering credits will decrease significantly and a new monthly minimum reliability charge for net-metering customers is authorized. (That Act also increased the net metering caps, but the existing queues largely absorbed the increases, so further legislation is needed, but that is a topic for another blog).

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Women-Owned Businesses - Some Resources

By Danielle Justo and Nathaniel C. Donoghue on June 13, 2016

Although women-owned businesses are growing in number and importance, they continue to face a variety of challenges. In the Commonwealth and beyond, there are many resources available to women looking to grow their networks and companies. In addition to legal advice, our clients often ask us about these opportunities. Here are just a few of the organizations which we believe might be helpful for all kinds of women-owned businesses.

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New Overtime Rules for White Collar Employees

By J. Allen Holland and Frank N. Gaeta on June 6, 2016

The United States Department of Labor recently announced significant changes to the overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, effective December 1, 2016.

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Federal Rules Amendments Suggest Review of Electronic Backup and Data Retention Policies

By David Glod on June 1, 2016

If you’re a business owner, you probably already have certain policies and procedures related to how you store and backup your business records. Naturally, these policies and procedures must be disseminated to your employees and consistently followed. If that is done, such policies can help protect the company in the event it finds itself involved in litigation, and it turns out that relevant business records have previously been destroyed in accordance with company policy.

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2016 Update on Liquor Licensing in the Commonwealth

By Nathaniel C. Donoghue and Danielle Justo on May 18, 2016

Beginning in August, 2016, seven towns in Massachusetts will serve as pilots for a new e-Licensing procedure for obtaining alcoholic beverages licenses from the Alcohol Beverages Control Commissions (ABCC). The ABCC has been working to modernize their licensing process, and the new online ePlace Portal will replace the current antiquated paper applications. The new procedure is intended to expedite the retail license approval process and, ultimately, benefit the business community. The towns taking part in this pilot program are Boston, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Dedham, Lawrence, Salem, and New Bedford. Applicants will still need to appear before the local licensing authority, but once they have local approval, the subsequent ABCC approval process, which currently takes between 6-8 weeks, should be significantly shortened.

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