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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Demystifying 83(b) Elections

By Libbie R. Howley and David Wittmann on October 23, 2014

If your employer grants you stock in connection with your services, under Section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “IRC”), you will be taxed on the difference between the fair market value (“FMV”) of the stock and the amount you paid for the stock. In most early-stage company situations, an employer will grant stock to an employee that the employee loses if he or she leaves the company before a certain date (usually by repurchase by the Company and commonly referred to as “forfeiture”).

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Pre-Money and Post-Money Valuations: What's the Difference?

By David Wittmann on October 1, 2014

After working with a number of early stage companies trying to raise capital, it has become evident that the concepts of pre-money valuation and post-money valuation are often a source of confusion.

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'LightLab' Case: Problematic for Startups Seeking to Enforce Trade Secret Protections

By David Glod on September 18, 2014

A recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court counsels that early-stage companies need to be especially protective of their trade secrets.

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