New Earned Sick Time Law's Proposed Regulations

By Libbie R. Howley and J. Allen Holland on May 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has now issued Proposed Regulations for the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Earned Sick Time Law, slated to take effect on July 1, 2015. The Proposed Regulations provide employers with guidance and additional details on implementation of and compliance with the Earned Sick Time Law.

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Complying with the Commonwealth's Minimum Wage Regulations

By J. Allen Holland and Libbie R. Howley on May 8, 2015

As most know, the minimum wage for hourly and tipped employees has increased for 2015. Less publicized, however, are the new Minimum Wage Regulations employers must follow.

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Increased Chinese Investment in US Commercial Real Estate

By James B. Heffernan on February 4, 2015

According to a recent NAIOP Massachusetts forum, Chinese foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate has increased from $3 billion in 2013 to $6.6 billion in 2014. As a result, China is now only second to Canada in cross-boarder real estate investments.

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New Massachusetts Crowdfunding Exemption

By Libbie R. Howley and David Wittmann on January 29, 2015

On January 15, 2015, the Massachusetts Securities Division adopted the Massachusetts Crowdfunding Exemption, 950 CMR 14.402(B)(13)(o) (the “Exemption”), allowing a company formed and having its principal place of business in Massachusetts to conduct intra-state (i.e., all investors are Massachusetts residents) crowdfunding offerings.

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Massachusetts Extends Parental Leave Rights to Men

By James T. Finnigan, Frank N. Gaeta and J. Allen Holland on January 29, 2015

On his last day in office, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act (PLA) which replaces the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MLA). Effective April 7, 2015, both men and women will enjoy the same rights to job-protected parental leave.

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