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Supreme Court Clarifies Rules for Accommodating Pregnant Employees

UPS driver Peggy Young became pregnant in the fall of 2006 and was advised by her doctor to restrict lifting to 20 pounds.  Young’s job typically required her to lift up to 70 pounds, and she sought accommodations from UPS to comply with her doctor’s advice.  UPS denied her request and told her to return to work after the pregnancy. …
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Belfort Speaks on Employment Issues at Seminar for Attorneys Starting Law Firms

Bennett & Belfort, P.C. partner David E. Belfort served as invited faculty for the May 29, 2015 Massachusetts Bar Association legal education conference How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small Firm Practice.  Mr. Belfort focused his presentation on practical employment law tips for those forming new law firms.  He discussed employment law basics in the context of…
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Massachusetts Adjusts Its Trial Rules Allowing Lawyers to Argue for Specific Awards

Massachusetts has modernized its rules governing attorney argument as to specific damage awards at trial – but only in Superior Court.  Newly amended M.G.L. chapter 231, section 13B, has opened the door for juries to consider specific requests for damage sums which are sought by an aggrieved or injured plaintiff. Prior to this amendment, plaintiffs’ counsel in Superior Court civil…
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Attorney Belfort Moderates Labor & Employment Law Update Panel at MBA’s 36th Annual Spring Conference

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Bennett & Belfort partner, David E. Belfort moderated the Labor and Employment Update Panel at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 36th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference at Suffolk University Law School.  The Panelists addressed a variety of new developments, both legislative and case-related, in both labor and employment law over the last year. Seasoned…
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SEXUAL HARASSMENT – FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN

Below are some facts about sexual harassment claims in Massachusetts that you may not have known.  There are many other important details relating to sexual harassment claims that are not discussed in this blog. We will update future blogs with additional information regarding sexual harassment law.  If you have questions about sexual harassment in Massachusetts, please contact our office (617.577.8800).…
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Attorney Belfort Invited Panelist in MCLE’s Top 25 Employment Cases Seminar

On February 25, 2015, Bennett & Belfort P.C. partner David E. Belfort served as a panelist for an MCLE seminar entitled “Top 25 Keys Cases Every Employment Litigator & Counselor Must Know.” Joining Attorney Belfort on the panel were his esteemed colleagues Attorneys Andrea C. Kramer (Chair) of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP and Nina J. Kimball of Kimball Brousseau LLP.…
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MASSACHUSETTS PARENTAL LEAVE LAW ESTABLISHES IMPORTANT RIGHTS FOR PARENTS OF BOTH GENDERS

On January 7, 2015, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Parental Leave (Parental Leave Act).  Effective April 7, 2015, the new law essentially makes the existing Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) gender neutral, so that the protections under the MMLA apply equally to both men and women.  The Massachusetts Parental Leave Act also extends benefits to…
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TODD BENNETT CO-PRESENTS AT MASSACHUSETTS BAR ASSOCIATION LEGAL LUNCH SERIES ON TAKING AND DEFENDING DEPOSITIONS

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015,  Partner, Todd J. Bennett, joined colleague Scott Heidorn of Bergstresser & Pollock P.C., to speak about taking and defending depositions for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s “Feed Your Mind: Legal Lunch Series.”  The monthly lunch series, hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division, provides civil litigators of all experience levels…
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