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Six B&B Attorneys Recognized as “Super Lawyers”

  Bennett & Belfort is proud to announce that Thomas Reuters / “Super Lawyers” has listed Bennett & Belfort P.C. Partners David Belfort,  Todd Bennett and Michael Mason as 2019 New England Super Lawyers; and Partner Eric LeBlanc and Senior Associates Michaela  May and Craig Levey as Rising Stars.   Attorney Belfort was selected as a “Top 100” attorney and…

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Bennett & Belfort Attorneys Win Jury Trial on Overtime Claims

  On October 4, a Suffolk County jury awarded three restaurant workers $114,498 in unpaid overtime compensation. The jury’s verdict followed a seven-day trial in which B&B attorneys, Michaela May and Craig Levey, represented the Thai kitchen workers. Each of the Plaintiffs routinely worked six or seven days per week, usually for much more than 40 hours per week, for…

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Bennett and Belfort, P.C. Partner, Todd Bennett, quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Partner Todd Bennett was quoted in a September 30, 2019 Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly article about a recent case involving physicians’ attorney-client privilege and peer-review privilege.   The underlying case was brought against Massachusetts General Hospital by a physician who alleged that he was fired in retaliation for whistleblower activity after he raised concerns about the hospital’s practice of scheduling surgeons…

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FMLA Protects Employee Leave for School Meetings

In a recent opinion letter, the Department of Labor clarified that the FMLA can require employers to allow leave for employees to attend school special education meetings.  The Department issued the August 8, 2019, opinion letter in response to an inquiry from the parents of two children with FMLA-qualifying serious health conditions. One of the parents received medical certification supporting…

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Final Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations Issued

  Effective July 1, 2019, final regulations for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) are now available for review by employees and employers. The final regulations come on the tail of a three-month delay of the start of employers paying into the state leave program.  The new family and medical leave law goes into effect in stages, with…

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Supreme Judicial Court Affirms $2 Million Judgment upon jury verdict for Bennett & Belfort client Richard DaPrato against the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

On June 5, 2019, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed our client’s Suffolk Superior Court jury verdict and judgment in an amount now exceeding $2,000,000 in the case of Richard DaPrato v. Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) 482 Mass. 375 (2019) (click on link for SJC slip opinion: DaPrato v MWRA SJC 6.5.19 ). Mr. DaPrato was represented both at trial…

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Paid Family and Medical Leave is on the Horizon

Although it was ushered in quietly, the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (“PFML”), M.G.L. c. 175M, will represent a monumental change for both employers and workers. The statute will entitle qualifying workers to as many of 26 weeks of protected, paid medical and family leave. The PFML will apply not only to employees of small businesses, but…

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