Important COVID-19 Resources

Sheehan Phinney Client Advisories: CARES Act Tax Benefits for Individuals By: Peter Beach, March 30, 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was enacted on March 27, 2020. This article discusses the tax relief provisions for individuals that are contained in the Act. Recovery Rebates The bill provides a $1,200 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Sheehan Phinney Staff

CARES Act Tax Benefits for Individuals

CLIENT ALERT By: Peter Beach March 30, 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was enacted on March 27, 2020. This article discusses the tax relief provisions for individuals that are contained in the Act. Recovery Rebates The bill provides a $1,200 refundable tax credit for individuals ($2,400 for taxpayers filing 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Peter T. Beach

CARES Act Tax Benefits for Businesses

CLIENT ALERT By: Peter Beach March 30, 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was enacted on March 27, 2020. This article discusses the tax relief provisions for businesses that are contained in the Act. Employee retention credit for employers The CARES Act provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Peter T. Beach

Update on Federal and Northern New England State Tax Efforts to Reduce the Economic Impact of COVID-19

CLIENT ALERT By: Peter Beach & Mark Dell’Orfano  March 30, 2020 State Tax New Hampshire. At this time, the state of New Hampshire has not extended the deadline to file or pay any tax administered by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration. However, the DRA continues to monitor the situation and will communicate any 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Peter T. Beach

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act and Unemployment Benefits – Summary

CLIENT ALERT By: David McGrath March 30, 2020 Introduction The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enhances and extends unemployment benefits for many workers in three basic ways: Increases typical unemployment insurance benefits (UIB) by $600 per week through July 31, 2020; Establishes a program to provide 13 weeks of UIB for workers 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020 in Alert, Author: David W. McGrath

NTV Management, Inc. v. Lightship Global Ventures, LLC

CLIENT ALERT SJC Looks Into Terms and Context of Consulting Agreement to Determine Whether it Requires a “Transaction in Securities.” By: Michael Lambert and Deniz Harrison March 30, 2020 The Supreme Judicial Court recently took a hard look into the terms of, and context surrounding, a contract for consulting and advisory services in connection with 

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Michael J. Lambert

Paycheck Protection Program

CLIENT ALERT By: Colleen Lyons March 28, 2020 One of the most significant new programs for businesses under the CARES Act is the new Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  This program will be administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and is designed to help eligible businesses continue to pay operational costs like payroll, health benefits, 

Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Colleen Lyons

Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Discretion During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CLIENT ALERT By: Tom Burack, Lynn Preston & Robert Lucic March 27, 2020 On March 26, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a temporary policy laying out how the agency will exercise its enforcement discretion in addressing environmental noncompliance matters that arise under federal environmental laws during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Lynn J. Preston

New Hampshire Orders Workplace Closures, Orders Residents to Stay Home

CLIENT ALERT By: Alexander Pyle March 27, 2020 On March 26, 2020, Governor Sununu issued an order requiring businesses and other organizations that do not provide essential services to close their physical workplaces, commencing at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 and continuing until 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020. The order also requires all 

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Alexander H. Pyle

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (The Cares Act)

CLIENT ALERT By: Peter Beach, Paul Durham, Andrew Eills, Colleen Lyons & Alexander Pyle March 27, 2020 On March 26, 2020, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), the third federal stimulus package designed to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If, as expected, the current bill 

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Paul Durham

Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #9, issued on March 19th, 2020 regarding: Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund

CLIENT ALERT By: Katherine M. Hanna March 26, 2020 On March 19, 2020, Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order #9, which establishes the Emergency Healthcare System Relief Fund. “The Order creates a $50M fund to provide emergency relief to hospitals and other healthcare providers that are serving an essential component of the State’s healthcare system during 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Katherine M. Hanna

Research Funding Opportunity for New Hampshire Businesses

CLIENT ALERT By: Paul Reuland March 26, 2020 The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (“NHIRC”) is currently accepting applications from New Hampshire businesses that seek to partner with academic institutions for product research and development. An approved business may be granted up to $125,000 in NHIRC funds. The mission of the NHIRC is to foster 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Paul S. Reuland

COVID-19 Construction Update

CLIENT ALERT By: John Perten March 26, 2020 Governor Baker’s emergency order shutting down all brick and mortar businesses went into effect at noon on 3/24. As previously reported, the order raises as many questions as it answers. As to the construction industry, we continue to think that the order is ambiguous but it appears 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: John H. Perten

Construction Bond Claims, Mechanics Liens, and COVID-19

CLIENT ALERT By: John Perten March 26, 2020 It is likely that with the COVID-19 crisis, many projects will be delayed or cancelled. It is also likely that given the financial impact on contractors and developers, many parties will be unable to meet their financial and performance obligations even when the crisis abates. If there 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: John H. Perten

COVID-19: Key Considerations for Business Owners and Managers

CLIENT ALERT By: Paul Reuland and Alexander Pyle March 26, 2020 Across the country, owners and managers of companies of all sizes types face a number of challenges as they assess the impact of COVID-19 (the “Coronavirus”) on their businesses and what steps can be taken to mitigate harm. With the myriad new laws, regulations 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Alexander H. Pyle

Remote Notarizations in NH During This State of Emergency – Don’t Forget the Formalities When Notarizing Documents

CLIENT ALERT By: JP Harris March, 25 2020 (updated March 26,2020) As many companies attempt to do business with a largely remote workforce, many transactions are coming together with electronic signatures. Fortunately, laws already in place facilitate the electronic signing process. One aspect of signing documents that has not “gone digital,” though, is the formality 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: James P. Harris

SJC Continues to Strengthen Successor Liability Theory in the Name of Equity

CLIENT ALERT  By: Deniz Harrison and Chas Waters March 26, 2020 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reinforced the extensive strength of the equitable theory called successor liability.  Specifically, in Smith v. Kelley, SJC-12759 (Feb. 2020) the Court determined that successor liability still applies where the liable predecessor professional corporation “continued” as a sole proprietorship, ultimately 

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Deniz Harrison

What Constitutes “Essential Services” and Does My Business and Workforce Qualify?

CLIENT ALERT by: Michael Lambert March 25, 2020 With many state and municipal governments restricting “brick and mortar” business to “Essential Services” or permitting only an “Essential Workforce” to be physically present at a place of employment, more questions are being asked than answered. Does my company fall within the list of “Essential Services?” Are 

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Michael J. Lambert

Don’t Forget About Cybersecurity with Increased Telecommuting

CLIENT ALERT By: JP Harris March 25, 2020 In the last several weeks, many businesses have significantly increased the number of telecommuters to implement social distancing in response to the COVD-19 outbreak.  Increasing outside access to the company’s network and dispersing access to company data to more remote workers increases legal risk that must be 

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 in Alert, Author: James P. Harris

The Reimbursement/Credit Process Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

CLIENT ALERT By: Mark Ventola March 25, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was signed into law on March 18, 2020. Two of the most important, and discussed, requirements of the Act are that employers provide emergency paid sick and family leave for absences that are related to COVID-19 for employees and 

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 in COVID-19, Author: Mark J. Ventola

Federal and State Tax Efforts to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19

CLIENT ALERT By: Mark Dell’Orfano and Peter Beach March 24, 2020 On March 20, 2020, the IRS issued revised tax guidance for 2019, granting tax filers and advisers coping with the COVID-19 pandemic additional time – until July 15, 2020 – to file tax returns and make required tax payments, without interest or penalties. The 

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Peter T. Beach

Don’t Be Discouraged by “Your Insurance Does Not Cover This”

CLIENT ALERT By: Michael Lambert March 24, 2020 As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on businesses throughout the world, many business owners have reached out to their insurance brokers or companies to inquire about coverage for the mounting losses. The first responses businesses are likely to hear will include: Business interruption coverage does 

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Michael J. Lambert

Massachusetts Orders Workplace Closures and Restricts Gatherings of More Than 10

CLIENT ALERT By: Alexander Pyle March 24, 2020 On March 23, 2020, Governor Baker issued an order requiring non-essential businesses to close their physical workplaces, commencing at 12:00 noon on March 24, 2020 and continuing until 12:00 noon on April 7, 2020.  The order also generally prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people throughout the 

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Alexander H. Pyle

COVID-19 Update for Persons in the Construction Industry

CLIENT ALERT By: John Perten March 23, 2020 We now know that it is just a matter of time before this current crisis either shuts your jobs down completely or, at a minimum, causes massive delays. Today, March 23rd, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shut down all non-essential businesses effective tomorrow, March 24th, at noon. And, 

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in Alert, Author: John H. Perten

COVID-19 Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief: CMS Update and FAQs

CLIENT ALERT By: Andrew Eills March 23, 2020 Expedited healthcare provider enrollment in Medicare is crucial to increasing the availability of physicians and non-physician practitioners. CMS has issued, as of March 23, 2020, responses to questions concerning new flexible Medicare enrollment procedures occasioned by the COVID-19 national emergency. CMS is employing its authority under Section 

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in Alert, Author: Andrew B. Eills

Federal Government Joins New Hampshire In Prohibiting Foreclosures

CLIENT ALERT By: James LaMontagne March 23, 2020 On March 17, 2020, New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu issued Emergency Order #4 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 prohibiting all judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions under New Hampshire RSA 479 or any other applicable law, rule or regulation during New Hampshire’s State of Emergency.  Emergency Order #4 

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in Alert, Author: James S. LaMontagne

Government’s Ability to Sway Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Losses is Limited

CLIENT ALERT By: Michael Lambert March 23, 2020 An insurance policy is a contract between the insured and the insurance company. The terms of that contract, and the obligations of both parties, are set forth in detail in the insurance policy. While the government can legislate what can and cannot be included in these contracts 

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in Alert, Author: Michael J. Lambert

Health Professional Licensing Update: Practicing Medicine Across State Lines Without a License to Respond to Covid-19

CLIENT ALERT By: Andrew Eills March 23, 2020 The spread of Covid-19 will require many healthcare professionals to counter the potential surge of patients with the disease.  These professionals are on the front lines of the pandemic and their services will be needed throughout the country. Regulatory developments to ensure that patients have access to 

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in Alert, Author: Andrew B. Eills

Recent Actions to Support Small Massachusetts Businesses Affected by COVID-19

CLIENT ALERT By: Alex Pyle March 23, 2020 In recent days the Governor and other governmental agencies have taken a number of steps to provide support and relief to Massachusetts businesses affected by the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.  Some of the most significant of these small business measures are the following: SBA Disaster Declaration On March 

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 in Alert, Author: Alexander H. Pyle

Recent Changes to Federal Telehealth Laws in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

CLIENT ALERT By: Jason Gregoire March 20, 2020 Health care consumers have likely heard of, or received some aspect of their care through, “telemedicine” or “telehealth” applications, software, or phone services. What many of these consumers do not know, however, is that state and federal insurance and licensing laws have lagged behind technological advances. For 

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Jason D. Gregoire

Critical Lease Issues in COVID-19 Crisis

CLIENT ALERT By: Bruce Bagdasarian March 20, 2020 The current crisis has created unprecedented pressure on the retail and hospitality industries.  With people staying at home, except for an occasional trip to the grocery market, and with some cities closing down restaurants, except perhaps for take-out, restaurants and brick and mortar retail are reeling, other 

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Bruce H. Bagdasarian

Insurance Coverage Issues Abound

CLIENT ALERT By: Michael Lambert March 20, 2020 With the incredible disruption to businesses, large and small, executives across the country are scouring their insurance policies to see if the premiums they have been paying for years might have been worth it.  Business interruption insurance, trade disruption insurance and civil authority coverage may all provide 

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Michael J. Lambert

Force Majeure and Contract Considerations During the Coronavirus Pandemic

CLIENT ALERT By: Paul Durham and Mark Dell’Orfano March 20, 2020 The response of governments, regulators, and public health organizations to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on a daily and, at times, hourly basis. Businesses worldwide are moving rapidly to preserve the health and wellbeing of their employees and customers while also maintaining 

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Paul Durham

What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

CLIENT ALERT By: Liz Bailey and Karen Whitley March 20, 2020 On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (H.R. 6201) (“the Act”) after this legislation passed in the Senate.  The Act takes effect “not later than 15 days after its enactment,” or April 2, 2020.  The Act 

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Elizabeth Bailey

US SBA Offers Financial Assistance to Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

CLIENT ALERT By: Paul Reuland Updated: March 30, 2020 The U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) is currently accepting applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDL”) from businesses impacted by the Coronavirus.  It is expected that demand for these loans will be high and processing times will be significantly delayed.  Accordingly, businesses with an immediate 

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Paul S. Reuland

Are Your Estate Planning Documents Ready?

ESTATE PLANNING ALERT March 18, 2020 In these uncertain times, where many clients and their employees are at home, this is a reminder that for those who do not have their durable powers of attorney for healthcare and living wills prepared and signed, along with other estate planning documents, Sheehan Phinney’s estate planning group stands 

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Bradford E. Cook

Federal Government Takes Fiscal Actions to Reduce Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses

Print PDF: Federal Government Takes Fiscal Actions to Reduce Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses CLIENT ALERT By: Mark Dell’Orfano and Peter Beach March 18, 2020 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced, during President Trump’s press conference on March 17, 2020, that as part of the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus, the Internal Revenue Service will 

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Mark W. Dell’Orfano

Message from Firm President: COVID-19

  Dear clients and friends, As our shared experience with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, I want you to know what we are doing here at Sheehan Phinney to keep our clients, employees, and community secure. We are following guidance from the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local 

Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Sheehan Phinney Staff

SBA Announces Disaster-Assistance Loan Program in Response to Coronavirus

Print page: SBA Announces Disaster-Assistance Loan Program in Response to Coronavirus CLIENT ALERT By: Christopher Candon March 13, 2020 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was formed in 1953 to help small business owners and entrepreneurs, providing counseling, capital, and contracting expertise.  In the wake of recent natural disasters (Hurricanes Michael and Florence), the SBA 

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Christopher M. Candon

COVID-19: HIPAA Covered Entity and Business Associate Disclosure Rules

Print PDF: COVID-19: HIPAA Covered Entity and Business Associate Disclosure Rules CLIENT ALERT By: Andrew Eills and Jason Gregoire March 13, 2020 With President Trump’s implementation of a travel ban on European travelers, calls for a ban on large gatherings, the creation of “exclusion zones,” recommendations for “social distancing,” the cancellation of festivals and sporting 

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Andrew B. Eills

COVID-19 Preparedness: Basic Employment Law Questions Answered

Print page: COVID-19 Preparedness: Basic Employment Law Questions Answered CLIENT ALERT By: Mark Ventola and Brian Bouchard March 11, 2020 As more and more cases of COVID-19 appear across the United States, employers should begin preparing for COVID-19 and how it may affect their workforce.  This Client Alert answers basic employment law questions for responding 

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 in Alert, Author: Mark J. Ventola

Automile Holdings, LLC v. McGovern

Print page: AUTOMILE HOLDINGS, LLC v. McGOVERN CLIENT ALERT By: Michael Lambert and Deniz Harrison March 3, 2020 Non-competition agreements are a much discussed topic in Massachusetts today, particularly with the recent enactment of the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (“MNAA”). One area specifically excluded from the MNAA, however, are employee non-solicitation covenants. The SJC recently 

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 in , Author: Michael J. Lambert

Carefully Safeguarding the Sensitive Data of Your Business

CLIENT ALERT By James P. Harris and Doug G. Verge In today’s digital world, there are a host of reasons why businesses need to carefully safeguard the sensitive data they generate and collect.  Some of those reasons are imposed by statute or regulation, and those rules will grow in number and scope as time passes.  

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2020 in Data Breach, Author: James P. Harris

Titles Matter

Client Alert By: John Perten Under the Massachusetts Wage Act, employers are liable for up to treble damages for failing to pay wages.  Regardless of corporate status, the “president, treasurer … and any officers or agents having management of such corporation” are deemed employers under the statute and therefore personally liable.  In Lynch v. Crawford, 

Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 in , Author: John H. Perten

California Consumer Privacy Act

PRINT PAGE CLIENT ALERT By Doug Verge Are You Ready? As you may already be aware, more and more data privacy and security laws are being enacted, and some carry with them significant financial and other penalties for noncompliance. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was the first significant piece of such legislation. In the 

Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in Intellectual Property, Author: Douglas G. Verge

NH Legal Perspective: Insider Threats – The Risk You May Never See Coming

This article was originally published in the Union Leader and can be found here. NH Legal Perspective: Insider Threats – The Risk You May Never See Coming By: Brian Bouchard November 16, 2019 Let’s say you own a company. As the company owner, think of the troves of confidential information that you and the company 

Posted on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 in , Author: Brian J. Bouchard

EPA and the Army Recodify Previous WOTUS Rules

Print page: EPA WOTUS Rules Client Alert CLIENT ALERT By: Lynn Preston Back to the Past… Yesterday, October 22, 2019, the EPA and the Department of the Army published in the Federal Register the final rule to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, Definition of the Waters of the United States, or as most of us 

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 in Environment & Energy, Author: Lynn J. Preston

The Department of Labor Announces New Rule on Salary Level for White Collar Exemptions

Print page: Salary Client Alert CLIENT ALERT  By: Mark Ventola and Jim Reidy On September 23, 2019 the United States Department of Labor (“US DOL”) issued its Final Rule (the “Rule”) updating the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations governing the salary level needed to qualify for the so-called “white collar exemptions.” These exemptions apply to 

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 in Labor & Employment, Author: Mark J. Ventola

In “Grand Bargain” Massachusetts Enacts Paid Family Leave, $15 Minimum Wage

CLIENT ALERT By: Mark J. Ventola On June 28, 2018, Governor Baker signed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, mandate paid family and medical leave, eliminate premium pay for work on Sundays and holidays, and establish a permanent sales tax holiday. The bill is being called the “Grand 

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 in Labor & Employment, Author: Mark J. Ventola

Major Non-competition Agreement Reform in Massachusetts

CLIENT ALERT by Mark J. Ventola   On July 31, 2018 the Massachusetts Legislature passed a non-competition reform bill.  In signing this bill, the Governor marked the end of over ten years of effort by certain legislators to address the law of non-competition agreements, and place statutory restrictions upon them.  Needed or not, the Non-compete 

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 in Labor & Employment, Author: Mark J. Ventola

New Hampshire Workplace Legal Developments

Good news for employers from NH Legislature and Breaking News from Supreme Court regarding Public Sector Employment Recent Updates to New Hampshire Workplace Laws By Karen A. Whitley On June 25, 2018, New Hampshire Governor Sununu signed a bill (“June 2018 amendments”) which modifies workplace laws about Department of Labor inspections, poster and notice requirements, 

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 in , Author: Elizabeth Bailey

How CA’s New Data Privacy Law Will Affect You

CLIENT ALERT by J.P. Harris In May 2018, the European Union’s sweeping data privacy regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), went into effect. Ever since, companies in the United States have been trying to figure out whether they are subject to the GDPR and if so, how to implement its requirements – neither of 

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 in , Author: James P. Harris

Supreme Judicial Court Advises Legislature Should Clarify Independent Contractor Test

CLIENT ALERT by Mark J. Ventola and Paul S. Lopez In Massachusetts, there are four distinct methods that are used to determine whether a worker should be considered an employee or an independent contractor, depending upon the reason for the inquiry: a three-prong test under the Massachusetts Wage Act, an alternative three-prong test under the 

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 in , Author: Mark J. Ventola

Unused Sick Time Not “Wages” Under Massachusetts Law

CLIENT ALERT by Mark J. Ventola and Paul S. Lopez On January 29, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that accrued but unused sick time does not constitute “wages” under the Massachusetts Wage Act (the “Wage Act”). With this broad ruling, employers may safely conclude that they are not required to pay employees 

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 in , Author: Mark J. Ventola

MCAD Issues Guidance on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

CLIENT ALERT by Mark J. Ventola and Paul S. Lopez Last year, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”) into law. The Act, which goes into effect on April 1, 2018, makes it unlawful for an employer in Massachusetts to discriminate against an employee because of her pregnancy or a pregnancy-related 

Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 in , Author: Mark J. Ventola

Overview of the Most Significant Reform of the US Tax Code Since 1986

CLIENT ALERT By Peter T. Beach The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) signed by the president on December 22, 2017, lowers most business and individual tax rates, makes fundamental changes to US international tax rules, and generally represents the most sweeping reform of the US tax code in over 30 years. The Act will 

Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2018 in , Author: Peter T. Beach

SJC Weighs in on Whether an Estate Administrator Can Access a Decedent’s Emails

CLIENT ALERT By David L. Hansen and D. Deniz Aktas   Recently, the Supreme Judicial Court partially answered the thorny question of who should have access to a person’s emails after they have passed on.  This client alert briefly discusses the Court’s decision in Ajemian v. Yahoo!, Inc. 478 Mass. 169 (2017) and how it may 

Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 in , Author: Sheehan Phinney Staff

Massachusetts Appeals Court Rejects Effort to Extend Duration of Restrictive Covenant Pertaining to Real Estate

CLIENT ALERT By John H. Perten In a decision dated December 5, 2017 captioned Berger v. 2 Wyndcliff, LLC, the Massachusetts Appeals Court revisited the issue of whether restrictive covenants on real estate could be enforced for a period greater than 30 years. By statute, restrictive covenants of unspecified duration that run with the land are 

Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 in , Author: Sheehan Phinney Staff

New Massachusetts Law for Private Company Owners

CLIENT ALERT By: Chas Waters The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued a precedent-setting decision (Koshy v. Sachdev, SJC-12222 (September 14, 2017)) in favor of Sheehan Phinney’s client, an equal owner and director of a Massachusetts software company. The decision made new law in the area of private company shareholder disputes. The SJC interpreted for 

Posted on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 in , Author: Sheehan Phinney Staff

New Massachusetts Case Law on Private Company Deadlock

CLIENT ALERT By: Chas Waters The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued a precedent-setting decision (Koshy v. Sachdev, SJC-12222 (September 14, 2017)) in favor of Sheehan Phinney’s client, an equal owner and director of a Massachusetts software company. The decision made new law in the area of private company shareholder disputes. The SJC interpreted for 

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 in , Author: Charles M. Waters