The B&B Docket Blog:

Developments in the Dynamic World

of Business and Employment Law

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Choosing Arbitration in #metoo Cases

Over the past couple of years, as part of the ‘#metoo’ movement, many high-profile sexual harassment cases have been reported and discussed in the public eye. However, because many high-ranking corporate officers have employment agreements with arbitration terms, the resolution of many of these cases may end up shrouded in secrecy, away from the public eye. For example, Leslie Moonves,…

Read More

Belfort Organizes And Serves As Panelist For MELA’s Making A Million Dollar Practice

On January 9th, Bennett & Belfort P.C. partner David E. Belfort, helped organize and served as a panelist at the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association (MELA)  Making A Million Dollar Practice fundraising event. The panel was hosted at the Boston College Club and included invited speakers that represented clients in employment cases in 2018 that resulted in seven figure jury trial verdicts….

Read More

Bennett & Belfort Obtains Jury Verdict on Behalf of Commercial Landlord

On September 13, 2018, after three days of trial and almost five hours of deliberations, a Suffolk County jury found that Bennett & Belfort’s client, Michael Caruccio, Trustee of the Caruccio Family Trust, had proven by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant, Alves’ Boston TKD, LLC, breached the terms of their commercial lease agreement.  The jury also found…

Read More

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…

Read More