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. 

Hantz Named to Firm Management Committee

Sheehan Phinney shareholder Anna Barbara (Bobbie) Hantz has been named to the firm’s five person management committee as the ‘At-Large’ member, effective immediately. Sheehan Phinney’s Management Committee oversees the administrative and business functions and strategic planning initiatives for the firm’s four regional offices and 60+ lawyers.

HR Takeaways from the Patriots Loss

Monday morning, Jan. 25, in New England after the Patriots loss in the AFC championship to Denver left many fans, in a word, deflated. With the words of coaching legend, Vince Lombardi, ringing in their ears, “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser,” many are looking for something to occupy their 

Health Law: One Year In: NH Healthcare Surrogacy Decision-Making Law

Adults have the right to make their own health care decisions, unless they are incapacitated. Until 2015, the only people who were able to make health care decisions for an incapacitated adult in New Hampshire were an agent appointed under a durable power for attorney for health care (DPOA-H), or a guardian appointed by the 

Time Is Running out to Participate in a New Hampshire Tax Amnesty Program

CLIENT ALERT By Russell J. Stein New Hampshire taxpayers may have an opportunity to become current on their tax obligations, avoid penalties and pay 50% of outstanding interest on past-due amounts through a New Hampshire tax amnesty program that is running from now until February 15, 2016. The tax amnesty program is available to both 

Essential Documents for Retirement

You are on the verge of retirement. Things to do, people to see, places to go and time to do it.  But before taking the final leap, make sure you have your documents in order. While this list doesn’t include everything you’ll need, this provides a good starting point. You should speak with your attorney 

Regardless of What Your Client Says, As a Builder, You Are Ultimately Responsible for Code Compliance

CLIENT ALERT By John H. Perten In 2006, in Reddish v. Bowen, the MA appeals court affirmed a ruling that a home improvement contractor who installed an in-ground swimming pool within the side-yard setback, violated the Home Improvement Contract Law, M.G.L. c. 142A (“HIC”) and Chapter 93A, notwithstanding that the homeowner had represented that the 

NH Legal Perspective: Commercial Debtor-Tenants and Their Landlords

THE BANKRUPTCY code offers a commercial debtor many important tools to assist in its reorganization efforts. One such tool at the debtor’s disposal is the ability to either preserve, through assumption, or void, through rejection, a debtor’s pre-bankruptcy property lease with its landlord. Read the full story here.            

When Your AdWords Keywords Land You in Court

Google’s AdWords and other programs can be a boon to small online retailers. For a modest fee, a company reserves a keyword on Google. Whenever that keyword or phrase appears in a search request on Google, the company’s name and advertising are displayed at the top of the search results. Read the full story here. 

NH Legal Perspective: Splitting Equity in Jointly Owned Property

IT’S A COMMON story. You were in love, but you weren’t married. You lived in a small rented apartment. One day, one of you said, “Hey, wouldn’t it make sense for us to buy?” And the other one said, “Why, yes, it would. That way, we could build some equity, rather than throwing rent money 

Open Source Software: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

Open source (or so-called “free”) software has become a popular tool for software developers and technology companies that write software applications, because the source code is available at no charge and it saves the developer from having to write code from scratch or hire a third party to write it for a fee. Read the 

NH Legal Perspective: Employer’s Obligations Under Pregnancy/Maternity Laws

IN THE PAST year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“the EEOC”) issued an Enforcement Guidance about pregnancy discrimination and related issues, and this March, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision about the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“the PDA”). What are some steps that an employer can and should take to make sure it is 

NH Legal Perspective: ADA – What’s Reasonable and to Whom?

THE AMERICANS with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires an employer to make certain job accommodations for disabled employees. Because the definition of “disability” was expanded several years ago when the ADA was amended, employers must accommodate more workers and may face increased requests for accommodation. As a result, there is more opportunity for employers and employees 

Worker’s Compensation & Personal Injury: Beyond the Numbers: Controlling Workers Compensation Costs

When a business encounters a rise in workers compensation costs, the immediate response often focuses on loss control, reducing spending and overall insurance costs. However, given the continued annual rise in insurance premiums, and the fact that New Hampshire has been identified as one of the most expensive states for workers compensation coverage in the 

New Hampshire Legislature Passes, Governor Signs New Securities Law

CLIENT ALERT By Michael J. Drooff The New Hampshire legislature passed and Governor Hassan signed into law on July 27, 2015 a new Uniform Securities Act which comprehensively reforms New Hampshire’s securities laws. The new Act goes into effect on January 1, 2016 and is intended to simplify and facilitate capital-raising by small- and medium-sized 

NH Legal Perspective: Helpful Tips for Compliance with OSHA Requirements

WITH THE MANY changes in the modern workplace there is one constant, employers must protect employees from or correct known workplace safety hazards. The law has changed over the years to adapt to the evolving workplace, technologies and materials. This article is intended to help guide employers through the health and safety laws and regulations 

Federal Practice & Bankruptcy: Mediation Use Grows in Bankruptcy Cases

As an effective tool to combat the associated costs and delay in litigation, mediation has gained momentum and popularity as an efficient method to resolve disputes in state and federal courts. This trend has been emerging in bankruptcy matters as well, where limited resources and time make mediation an attractive alternative dispute resolution mechanism. Read 

NH Legal Perspective: Governor Hassan Signs Law Allowing Hospital Patients to Designate Aftercare Giver

MANY SENIORS rely exclusively on family, friends and community members to provide care once they are discharged from a hospital. According to a recent study published by AARP, family caregivers in the United States provided an estimated $470 billion in unpaid services and care to their loved ones in 2013 — more than total Medicaid 

NH Legal Perspective: Social Media and the Employee – From Hiring to Departure

EMPLOYEES CONTINUALLY encounter new ways that social media impacts their workplaces. Social media touches on the entire lifecycle of employment as employers more frequently turn to social media to advertise and fill positions, confront employees’ on-line postings, and contend with former employees’ use of social media. Even though the laws regarding social media in the 

Attorney General Issues Final Regulations under Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

CLIENT ALERT By Mark J. Ventola and David L. Hansen On June 19, 2015, Attorney General Maura Healey issued the final 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 

Sheehan Phinney Attorneys Win Significant Bankruptcy Case

(June 19, 2015, Boston, MA) – Sheehan Phinney attorneys Charles M. Waters and Christopher M. Candon won a significant dismissal of claims asserted by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee alleged to be worth millions of dollars and brought against the firm’s clients in an effort to hold them responsible for the debtor’s liabilities based on