Verge Named President of BNI New Hampshire

(October 3, 2016, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney shareholder Douglas G. Verge has been named President of the Integrity Partners Chapter of BNI New Hampshire, a position he will hold for one year. Verge is an integral member of Sheehan Phinney’s intellectual property law practice, having previously chaired the firm’s IP Practice Group for close 

White Paper – New Hampshire Board of Medicine Adopts Final Opioid Prescription Rules

by Jason D. Gregoire New Hampshire, like many states, is facing an opioid addiction crisis. In 2015, there were over 400 deaths in New Hampshire caused by powerful opioids like Heroin and Fentanyl. Federal, state, and local governments have struggled to find workable solutions to this extremely complicated problem that can be implemented quickly and 

Sheehan Phinney Attorneys Win $1.2 Million Decision

(September 14, 2016, Boston, MA) – On September 8, 2016, Sheehan Phinney shareholders Charles Waters and Peter Cowan received an award of $1.2 million on behalf of the firm’s client pursuant to a week-long JAMS Arbitration in Boston.  The Arbitrator found that a prominent Boston/New York venture capital firm breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair 

Sleeper Receives New Hampshire Bar Association’s Paralegal Professionalism Award

(September 1, 2016, Manchester, NH) – Sheehan Phinney Paralegal Priscilla J. Sleeper has been given the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Paralegal Professionalism Award, which will be honored at the Paralegal Association’s Annual Meeting on September 16, 2016. The annual award is presented to a paralegal “who best exhibits a high degree of professionalism; possesses an 

Immigration for Employment

On HR Power Hour with David Ciullo, Attorney Nate Warecki was featured with a two-part series on Immigration for Employment. Listen to the Show Audio.

The evolution of workplace laws according to Jagger

Mick Jagger, lead singer for the iconic rock band The Rolling Stones turned 73 in July. In addition to celebrating that milestone, Jagger is going to be a father. He already has seven other children, ranging in age from 16 to 45. He also has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Some commentators are shocked by 

NH Legal Perspective: Federal government tells NH what it can do with runoff

SOME MONTHS AGO, my colleague Attorney Robert Lucic, described the state and federal environmental process for how New Hampshire’s waterways effectively become listed as impaired for purposes of the Clean Water Act. That article, published in October 2015, also highlighted the far-reaching impacts these impairment listings have on our local cities, towns, industry and development 

Court Reaffirms that Securities Laws are There to Protect Consumers

CLIENT ALERTS By: John Perten In a case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit determined that a misrepresentation in a business plan provided to potential investors violated state securities laws even without proof that the investor actually relied upon the false representation. In In re: Access Cardiosystems, Inc., 

EEOC’s Proposed Rule Upholds Wellness Plan Incentives

CLIENT ALERT By Karen A. Whitley The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is updating its regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to provide guidance to employers who offer corporate wellness programs. The EEOC has estimated that nearly 600,000 employers offer some form of wellness program, and that approximately one-third to one-half of those 

Executive Action on Immigration Reform

CLIENT ALERT By Jim Reidy & Nate Warecki On Thursday evening November 20th President Barrack Obama, as promised, announced a string of executive actions concerning the United States immigration system.  This announcement was made in advance of a forthcoming Executive Order, which will involve numerous changes to the way the Obama administration interprets and enforces United 

Client Alert: Attorney General Issues Proposed Regulations Under Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

CLIENT ALERT By Mark J. Ventola Attorney General Maura Healey has issued the proposed regulations (the “Regulations”) further defining the provisions of the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (the “Law”). As reported in our previous Client Alert, the Law requires that all employers provide employees with a minimum of 40 hours of sick time 

Massachusetts’ Mandatory Sick Time Law

CLIENT ALERT By Mark Ventola Voters in Massachusetts recently approved the ballot measure requiring employers to provide sick time for all employees. In doing so, Massachusetts joined a small group of states with mandatory sick time laws. What this means for employers is that they must provide sick leave for all employees beginning on July 

The New Massachusetts Retainage Statute: Time to Review Your Standard Contract

CLIENT ALERT By John Perten Effective November 6, 2014, there is a new statute governing retainage on private construction projects. The new law caps retainage at 5% and establishes a rigid procedure for the release of retainage instead of permitting the parties to negotiate triggers, time periods and standards (as was the prior practice). Anyone 

Contractor Private Arbitration Clause in a Home Improvement Contract Does Not Trump Homeowner Statutory Dispute Resolution Procedure

CLIENT ALERT By John Perten In an unpublished appeals court decision, Mamaril v. Keller, the Massachusetts appeals court ruled that a homeowner was not bound by an arbitration clause contained in a home improvement contract. The Home Improvement Contractor (“HIC”) law, M.G.L. c. 142A, gives a homeowner the choice of HIC arbitration or litigation in 

Sheehan Phinney Named Top in State by Best Lawyers®

Sheehan Phinney is proud to announce that twenty-seven attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2017, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Confusion over Fiduciary Duties to Former LLC Members

CLIENT ALERT – A recent amendment to the New Hampshire Limited Liability Company Act, that went into effect on August 9, 2016, increases the uncertainty surrounding the duties that an LLC and its members owe to a former LLC member under the statute.

NH Legal Perspective: Supreme Court with Justic Scalia was Pro Business

ANTONIN SCALIA’S decades-long service as a justice of the United States Supreme Court ended upon his death in mid-February 2016. Because he was a conservative justice friendly to business interests, scholars and executives alike must take heed of both his legacy and the shifts in the highest court’s business rulings engendered by his passing. Read 

Massachusetts’ Pay Equity Law

CLIENT ALERT By Mark J. Ventola Joining a growing number of states that have recently enacted pay equity legislation, on August 1, 2016, The Massachusetts Legislature approved a new pay equity law (the “PEL”). While it will not take effect until July 1, 2018, the PEL will require employers to pay men and women equally 

NH Legal Perspective: Steps an Employer Can Take to Reduce Risk When Firing an Employee

FIRING AN EMPLOYEE is often an unfortunate but necessary act. Because of the obvious economic consequences for the employee, tensions understandably rise when the news is delivered. The legal landscape continues to change, creating new risks for employers. While most employees are still considered “at-will,” meaning they can be fired at any time with or without 

HR Power Hour – New Mandatory MA Sick Leave Law

Mark Ventola is a member of the Firm’s employment and labor law, business consulting, and litigation practice groups. Mark’s focus is on employment and labor law, advising clients about the many aspects of the relationship between employer and employee. Read the full story here.            

Reidy Speaks at SHRM Annual Conference

On June 22, 2016 Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy spoke at the Society for Human Resource Management Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Practitioner Tax Alert

Recently passed changes in IRS partnership audit rules could have unintended economic consequences for partners and may require revisions to partnership agreements and LLC operating agreements. Acting now to revise partnership and LLC agreements could allow partnerships to immediately take advantage of some of the new procedures.

Sheehan Phinney’s Intellectual Property Group Recognized by Managing Intellectual Property for 2016

Sheehan Phinney is proud to announce it has been honored by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as the 2016 Intellectual Property, Tier 1, Highly Recommended law firm in New Hampshire for the third consecutive year. The publication also recognized firm shareholders, Peter A. Nieves, Christopher Cole and Robert H. Miller as IP Stars for their individual contributions and recognition within the intellectual property field.

NH Businesses Face Legal Challenges That ‘Hit From All Sides’

James Reidy featured in a Union Leader article. WINDHAM – Jim Reidy began a presentation Thursday on human resources and employment law by noting the conference’s theme of untangling knots, and then playing a mellow acoustic clip from “Stomach Tied in Knots” by Sleeping with Sirens. Read the full story here.        

Overtime Rules Promise Challenges for Some NH Firms

Mark Ventola featured in a Union Leader article.  WINDHAM – A new proposed overtime rule from the Department of Labor could have a major impact on New Hampshire businesses, some of which may be forced to hand out raises, reclassify workers or fire people. Read the full story here.      

New Rules Extend Visas for STEM Graduates

Regulations often make businesses cringe, but not this one. A new rule will allow international students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields to be employed in the United States for a longer period of time once they graduate, a boon to employers in a field with fewer graduates and shortages of talent. Read the 

The Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on White Collar Exemptions

CLIENT ALERT By Mark J. Ventola and  James. P Reidy On May 17, 2016 the United States Department of Labor, after much anticipation, issued its Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations governing the “white collar exemptions” for executive, administrative, and professional employees. What follows is a summary of the Final Rule along 

Firm Named 2016 Business of the Year by Business NH Magazine

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green is honored to have been named the 2016 Business of the Year for Business Services by Business NH Magazine. The firm was selected based on business success, contributions and leadership within the legal profession, community and state during the past year.

Cook Receives New London Town Award

Sheehan Phinney shareholder Bradford E. Cook was presented with the New London Town Award by Colby Sawyer College at their annual commencement on May 7th, 2016.

Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

Millennials get a bad rap, often pegged as lazy, entitled and non-committal. However, millennials are an entrepreneurial generation, creating their own jobs when there were no jobs to be had. If your dream is to open a cupcake shop, start a dog walking business or commercialize the “next big thing,” know that there is more 

Pending Changes to Massachusetts Employment Law

In the current Massachusetts legislative session, a number of bills are pending that have the potential to increase employee protections and, in turn, impose further burdens on employers. Read the full story here.          

Reidy Quoted in Business Management Daily

Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the March 31, 2016 online issue of the Business Management Daily, in an article titled “Telecommuting policy needs to address tech”.

Reidy Quoted in National SHRM Article

Sheehan Phinney shareholder James P. Reidy was quoted in the March 16, 2016 Society For Human Resources (SHRM) article “Massive D.C. Subway Closure Shows Need for Continuity Plans”, which appeared on the national SHRM website.

NH Legal Perspective: Taking a Look at the Sweepstakes Law

YOUR MAILBOX and email inbox are probably flooded with offers, especially this time of the year, along the lines of “Win a free cruise to Cancun” or “Scratch here to reveal keys to your new car.” Read the full story here.          

Donald Trump in HR? A Survey

In the first-in-the-nation primary state, Granite Staters have been introduced to many truly interesting people who were seeking their party’s nomination for the highest office in the land. This year is no different, with two fields of very different but each certainly talented and, in their own way, qualified candidates. Read the full story here.