The B&B Docket Blog:

Developments in the Dynamic World

of Business and Employment Law

The Critical Role of Dialogue Between Mentally Disabled Tenants and their Landlords in the Interactive Process

There is an interesting tension in the law between the rights of disabled tenants to receive additional process when they disturb their neighbors and the rights of neighbors and landlords to maintain an orderly living environment free of interference.  Under federal and state law, landlords are prohibited from discriminating against qualified handicapped tenants because of their mental disability.  Landlords may…

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Amendments to Massachusetts Personnel Records Law: A Double-Edged Sword?

The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a comprehensive job-creation bill that contained a little publicized amendment substantially modifying the Massachusetts Personnel Record Law, M.G.L. c. 149 § 52C.  Prior to this recent change, the law required employers with 20 or more employees to maintain written personnel records and make those records available to employees 5 days after written request.  The recent…

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B&B Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Bennett & Belfort is pleased two announce that two of our lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of New England Super Lawyers.  David E. Belfort has been named a Super Lawyer in the “Employment Litigation: Plaintiff” practice area for the fifth consecutive year.  Michael L. Mason has been named a Rising Star in “Employment & Labor”…

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NON-COMPETE LEGISLATON SHELVED IN MASSACHUSETTS

There has been significant recent debate regarding whether or not restrictive covenants, such as non-compete agreements between an employer and employee, should be enforceable in Massachusetts.  Proponents of narrowing (or eliminating) the applicability of such covenants point to, among other arguments, the free market benefits of allowing employees to move fluidly between employers.  Those favoring the current application of non-competition…

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FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT FINDS THAT MUNICIPALITIES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE STATE OVERTIME LAW

United States District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor recently found that Holyoke firefighters working well over 40 hours a week for the city could not collect overtime pay.  In his 34 page decision captioned Lemieux, et. al. v. City of Holyoke, et.al. (Docket No. 08-CV- 30038 MAP), Judge Ponsor, sitting in Springfield, rejected the Firefighter’s argument that municipalities may be held liable for…

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BENNETT & BELFORT LAUNCHES “THE B&B DOCKET” BLOG

Welcome to the new Bennett & Belfort, P.C. blog, “The B&B Docket”.  Bennett & Belfort is a civil litigation firm with an emphasis on employment and business matters located in Cambridge Massachusetts.  The B&B Docket will examine current events in the law, focusing on developments in litigation, work related and commercial activity that is of interest to our clients and…

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