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August 2017 Archives

Settling Massachusetts Employment Cases: Think Beyond Money

When you're negotiating settlement of a Massachusetts employment action, you have much more to consider than just "how much money." There are many non-monetary remedies that can either alone or combined with money bring the parties to agreement. And how money is paid out can also be a good bargaining chip.

Massachusetts Divorce Rate and Moral Acceptability

As the national divorce rate has fallen to its lowest point in decades, 73% of U.S. adults say divorce is "morally acceptable," a new high by one percentage point. Since 2001, there has been a 14-point rise in the percentage of Americans who find divorce morally acceptable, even as the national divorce rate has declined.

Massachusetts Wage Act Plaintiffs Entitled to Prejudgment Interest

In a recent case, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") resolved a contested issue under the Massachusetts Wage Act, ruling that successful Wage Act plaintiffs are entitled to prejudgment interest on the unpaid wages and other benefits they are awarded.

Members of the Armed Forces Get Special Tax Benefits for 2017

Members of the military may qualify for tax breaks and benefits. Special rules could lower the tax they owe or give them more time to file and pay taxes. In addition, some types of military pay are tax-free.

How Massachusetts Employers Stay Compliant with the ADA

Massachusetts employees are filing complaints under the American Disability ActADA 1.jpg (ADA) with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in record numbers, with over 28,000 complaints filed in 2016, garnering monetary benefits of $131 million.

Which Vaccination Exemptions are Allowed for Massachusetts Children

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires children to be vaccinatedImmunizations.jpg in order to be enrolled to school. There are two situations in which children who are not appropriately immunized may be admitted to school:

Massachusetts Landlords Cannot Refuse to Rent to Criminals

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), refusing to rent based on a criminal records is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice, despite the fact that criminal history is not a protected class under the federal Fair Housing Act.

How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Massachusetts Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devicesEvidence 7.jpg (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very prominent in Massachusetts divorce cases. This is largely because they are a great source of evidence. It is not uncommon for clients to show up for divorce consults with large stacks of text messages from a spouse or Facebook posts. The field of Family Law is responding to this increasing prevalence of digital information with the increased use of computer forensic investigators/experts.

School-Related Employee Leave Requests in Massachusetts

The new school year is upon us and with the return to school in MassachusettsBack to school 6.jpg comes the predictable rise in employees' school-related leave requests. In addition to helping employees manage work and family responsibilities, employers find themselves preparing for school-related needs - sharpening their policies and polishing practices to address the host of leave-related issues that accompany the return to school.

International Travel with a Child of a Massachusetts Divorce

A Massachusetts divorced parent who is traveling abroad with his or her childrenInternational Travel.jpg has additional hurdles to overcome before leaving for the trip. To insure that the experience is memorable from the start, make sure to follow these easy travel tips.

How to Help Massachusetts Children Cope With Military Deployments

When a Massachusetts parent serves in the military, their whole family is impactedMilitary 26.jpg by their service. Deployments and relocations present unique challenges that are faced each day by military families. For some, these challenges can take an enormous toll on the family dynamic. Moreover, military families who face a divorce may find that their situation becomes even more challenging. One parent's absence due to a military deployment plus the emotional weight of the divorce at home can be hard to navigate, particularly for children.

Massachusetts College Student Housing Rule: "No More Than Four"

With thousands of college students set to invade Massachusetts the next week, theApt for Rent.jpg Chief of Boston's Inspectional Services Department is letting local landlords know that he intends to enforce an eight year old ordinance barring no more than four undergraduate students from living together in off-campus apartments and houses.

Infographic: What Age Can Kids in Massachusetts Stay Home Alone?

At some point, many Massachusetts parents will begin thinking about whether their child is ready to stay home alone without supervision. Children often crave more independence as they grow older. However, letting a child stay home alone is a huge responsibility that parents need to thoughtfully consider before doing so. Whether it's for an hour after school or an entire afternoon, below are suggested guidelines to consider before leaving your kids home alone

Who's Responsible for Providing Disability-Related Workplace Accommodations to Massachusetts Temporary Employees?

Many Massachusetts businesses use temporary workers placed by staffingDisabled.jpg agencies. But who is responsible when a temporary worker requests a disability accommodation? The staffing agency and the business could both be responsible if they are acting as "joint employers" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

What to Do When Spouse Claims Disability in Massachusetts

Sometimes during divorce proceedings one spouse may claim to suffer from aDisability.jpg disability that affects their ability to work. When your spouse claims to be disabled, you might wonder if there is anything that you can do about it. It may sound awful to question the honesty of your once beloved spouse especially as it relates to a medical condition. But sometimes further exploration is necessary to determine the true extent of your spouse's disability and its effect on their ability to work. This is especially the case if your spouse has already given you reason not to trust.

Why It Matters Who Files First for Divorce in Massachusetts

Sometimes a spouse can be blind-sided by his or her partner's request for aDivorce 61.jpg divorce. More often, however, both spouses share a sense that the relationship is broken and can't be fixed. When it comes to that, does it matter who files first? According to some financial and legal divorce consultants, it does.

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant WorkersPregnant-woman.jpg Fairness Act (the "Act"). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for pregnancy and related conditions.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Children During a Massachusetts Divorce

Going through a Massachusetts divorce is never easy and with this in mind, youDivorce 43.jpg should take steps to prepare yourself and your children financially, legally and physically. Taking steps to protect yourself makes sense and could avoid a whole lot of pain at the same time. If your divorce is an amicable one, then these steps may not be so essential, but if you suspect that the divorce is going to be unpleasant or difficult, you need to ensure that you follow these guidelines.

Stays of Execution in Massachusetts Landlord and Tenant Cases

If you are a Massachusetts landlord who has already followed proper evictionApt - Condo.jpg procedures and the court found that you are entitled to a judgment and execution for possession, or perhaps you entered into a Summary Process Agreement for Judgment with your tenants, which requires them to vacate by a certain date, here is important information you should know if the tenant files a Motion to Stay, thereby requesting additional time to move.

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