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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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Unpaid Internships in Massachusetts - Traps for the Unwary

By Libbie R. Howley and David Wittmann on January 13, 2015

Today, companies of all sizes are contemplating and implementing internship programs. An increasingly common question is whether companies can establish unpaid internship programs. Generally, most for-profit companies in Massachusetts must pay interns at least the current minimum wage of $9.00 per hour.

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New Massachusetts Sick Time Law

By Frank N. Gaeta and J. Allen Holland on November 20, 2014

Earlier this month, voters approved a new law requiring all Massachusetts employers to provide their Massachusetts employees with up to 40 hours of sick leave per year. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2015.

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