August 29, 2018 | Estate Planning

Keeping Up With the Johnsons – Who Gets the Kids?

In the episode “The Leftovers” in the hit series Blackish, parents Dre and Bow Johnson realize they have not yet named a guardian for their four children and struggle to decide upon the appropriate person to fill the role. The Johnsons are not alone – according to a 2017 survey, barely over one-third of people... More
August 29, 2018 | Corporate Law

Massachusetts Adopts Non-Compete Law Requiring Immediate Attention

Governor Baker signed legislation on August 10, 2018, regulating the use and enforcement of noncompetition agreements in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (the “Act”) takes effect on October 1, 2018 and will apply to non-competition agreements entered into on or after that date for employees that reside or work in Massachusetts, including independent contractors.... More
July 31, 2018 | Corporate Law

Supreme Court Enforces Class Action Waivers in Employment Documents

In the recently decided Epic Systems Corp. V. Lewis, the Supreme Court analyzed the arbitration clauses in three different employers’ employment documents to determine whether or not the clause prevents an employee from bringing Fair Labor Standards Act and related state law claims through class actions in federal court.  The employees argued that the savings clause... More
July 30, 2018 | Elder Law

Finally: Some Good News for MassHealth Applicants

For years, MassHealth has abused due process requirements in denying applications for benefits without adequately explaining the basis for the denial.   Applying for benefits has become more and more difficult and burdensome.   Finally, a Massachusetts Superior Court has acknowledged the problem and ordered MassHealth to take corrective actions.  In June of 2018, Superior Court Judge... More
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