The B&B Docket Blog:

Developments in the Dynamic World

of Business and Employment Law

B&B Welcomes Michaela C. May

Bennett & Belfort is thrilled to announce that Attorney May joined the firm’s litigation team in April.  Attorney May comes with vast counseling and employment litigation experience.  Ms. May concentrates her practice in employment discrimination and wage-and-hour matters.  She serves as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association’s committee on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.   Michaela’s full biography is at…

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ATTORNEY TODD BENNETT, PARTICIPATES ON FACULTY PANEL AT THE MASSACHUSETTS CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION SEMINAR, TRYING CIVIL CASES.

On October 16, 2018, Bennett & Belfort, P.C. Partner, Todd Bennett, shared his trial experience with attendees at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Trying Civil Cases, program in Boston. In this unique program, attendees heard from a panel consisting of: Attorney Bennett, the Honorable Paul D. Wilson, Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court; Lindsey M. Burke, Director at Kenney &…

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NEW NON-COMPETITION LAW MEANS BIG CHANGES FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

On October 1, 2018, Massachusetts’ new law governing non-competition agreements goes into effect.  This statute is the culmination of many years of efforts to enact some legislative parameters around employment non-competition agreements.  As a result, it reflects a number of trade-offs between pro-employer and pro-employee positions.  The new law also contains some ambiguous provisions that will, no doubt, require interpretation…

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“#METOO” BRINGS SURGE IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS

Governor Charlie Baker recently signed an emergency measure granting $250,000 of new funding to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”).  This action was taken in response to a greater influx of complaints to the agency, likely spurred by the growing “#metoo movement.” The MCAD, which is similar to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), investigates complaints of discrimination including,…

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What the New Massachusetts Equal Pay Act Will Do to Address the Wage Gap, What It Means for Women, and How Women Can Use This Law in Their Favor

    At First Glance On July 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Equal Pay Act”), M.G.L. c.149, Section 105A, which is to take effect on July 1, 2018.. While the terms “equal” and “pay equity” come up frequently in discussions of the Equal Pay Act, the new law will not mandate that…

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$1.2M Bennett & Belfort Verdict Receives National Attention

The January 18, 2018, Richard DaPrato v Massachusetts Water Resources Authority $1,235,000 jury verdict has generated national media attention.  Mr. DaPrato sued the MWRA for firing him because he took medical leave for foot surgery and planned future leave.  He sued the MWRA in Suffolk Superior Court based on claims for discrimination and retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act…

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EMPLOYER ALERT: NEW PREGNANT WORKER LAW STARTS APRIL 1ST

On April 1, 2018, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, (“PWFA”) goes into effect.  All employers in Massachusetts should be aware of this law.  The PWFA extends the protections of Massachusetts anti-discrimination law (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B) to pregnant workers within the Commonwealth, and grants additional safeguards for pregnant workers seeking workplace accommodations relating to their…

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