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Developments in the Dynamic World

of Business and Employment Law


It was recently reported by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in an article entitled “Responding to threat of lawsuit, MCAD begs patience.” that the Lawyers For Civil Rights (“LCR”) and The Urban League of Eastern MA (“ULEM”) wrote the Commission a demand letter (“Demand”) seeking immediate action to address delays in taking in and processing discrimination claims filed at the Massachusetts Commission…
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Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of FAA’s Transportation Worker Exemption

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court delivered a significant clarification regarding the applicability of the Federal Arbitration Act’s exemption for transportation workers in interstate commerce. Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the Court, emphasized that what matters is whether a worker is a transportation worker, not whether they work in the transportation industry. See Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries Park St.,…
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SJC: Wage Act Bars Jordan’s Recovery of Premium Pay From Commissions

On March 28, 2024, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued Sutton v. Jordan’s Furniture, Inc SJC No - 13382 (2024) (Jordan’s), providing further guidance on the application of the Massachusetts Wage Act to sales commission plans.  In particular, the Court evaluated whether premium pay, that is enhanced pay for overtime or Sunday work (now repealed), was due to inside…
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Attorney David Belfort to Co-Chair MCLE Panel on Successfully Trying & Negotiating Employment Cases

Bennett & Belfort is pleased to announce that its founding partner, David E. Belfort has been invited to co-chair a Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) panel on Successfully Trying & Negotiating Employment Cases on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, by live telecast between the hours of 9:30am – 11:30am EST. Mr. Belfort will be joined by co-chair Monica R. Shah, Esq.,…
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FTC Vote On Final Non-Compete Rule Anticipated

The employment community is anticipating that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will vote shortly on a new rule that—subject to limited exceptions— could ban employers from including non-compete clauses in employee agreements. In summary, a non-compete clause is a contractual agreement between an employer and employee that restricts the employee from working for a competing employer or otherwise engaging in competitive…
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Texas Employer Subject To Massachusetts Wage Act

Bennett & Belfort is pleased to announce that founding partner, David E. Belfort, was quoted in this week’s Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article, “Texas company, CEO must face wage claims in Massachusetts”  written by Kris Olson and published on December 1, 2023. In the case of Berrey v. Evolve Cellular, Inc. et al, No. 1:2023cv11433, Judge Leo T. Sorokin set aside…
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