The Importance of Retaining Specialized Local Counsel for Real Estate Transactions

By Danielle Justo and Sarah M. Wegman on January 3, 2017

It is incredibly common for out-of-state attorneys (and even local attorneys with limited real estate experience) to conclude transactions which create or exacerbate serious title defects, which the attorney and her clients mistakenly believe, often for many years, have been properly performed. There are several reasons for this, but the most common is the quagmire of the dual-recording system in Massachusetts.

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New Minimum Wage Requirement to Take Effect on January 1, 2017

By J. Allen Holland and Atakelti Desta on December 19, 2016

The Massachusetts minimum-wage rises from $10 per hour to $11 per hour on January 1. Even those employers who do not normally hire lower wage or hourly employees should be aware of this change.

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Employers: Revise Your Confidentiality Agreements and Releases

By Frank N. Gaeta on December 1, 2016

In light of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), along with recent decisions and other guidance from various federal agencies, companies should carve out exceptions from their confidentiality agreements and any agreements containing a release of claims (such as employment separation agreements). The exceptions are generally intended to allow employees to engage in protected “whistleblower” activity.

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DPU Sets Interim Guidelines for Investigations Regarding Competitive Energy Suppliers

By Atakelti Desta and Eric J. Krathwohl on November 29, 2016

Massachusetts has allowed customers to choose among retail suppliers of electricity for about two decades. Until recently, however, retail choice was a reality only for larger commercial and industrial customers. In the past couple years, residential customers have begun to enjoy the fruits of retail choice. Such fruit however sometimes includes a bad apple. Massachusetts, along with neighboring states has initiated proceedings to review complaints against competitive energy suppliers and has imposed fines in certain cases. Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (the “DPU”) proposed Interim Guidelines that establish clear enforcement procedures to be applied in such reviews, with the intent that they eventually be codified in final regulations applicable to competitive suppliers of both electricity and natural gas.

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Alert - Overtime Rules Halted By Federal Court

By J. Allen Holland, Frank N. Gaeta and Atakelti Desta on November 28, 2016

Alterations to overtime exemption regulations have been placed on hold.

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