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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A Parent Company Can be held Liable for its Subsidiary's WARN Violations

By Mark C. O'Connor on January 14, 2016

The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act ("WARN") requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 calendar days' notice of plant closings or mass layoffs to give transition time to workers and their families to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, seek alternative jobs and/or enter skill training or retraining to successfully compete in the job market. 29 U.S.C. §2101 et seq. Employers who fail to comply with WARN can be liable to affected employees for up to 60 days of pay and benefits as well as penalties. 29 U.S.C. §2104(a)(1).

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