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Seeing Through the Haze: Rights and Risks for Employers Interpreting the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In November, 2012, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative authorizing the use of medical marijuana.  The Department of Public Health, charged with implementing the law, recently issued its final regulations on medical marijuana.  The law does not require that employers accommodate the on-site use of medical marijuana.  105 CMR 725.650.  Therefore, it…
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Discoverability of Social Networking: Who Gets to See What You Tweet, Post, and Pin?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Social Networking content remains in a constant state of flux with respect to its discoverability and introduction in litigation within Massachusetts.  Indeed, the law in this area, within the Commonwealth, is in flux and developing in a piecemeal case-by-case manner.  It is illustrative to turn to a couple of very recent out…
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B&B Partner Serves on Wage Panel

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Attorney Todd Bennett spoke at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminar entitled, “Litigating Wage and Hour Cases.”  Also speaking on the panel with Attorney Bennett were Attorneys Jeffrey Rosin from Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and Patrick Bannon from Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. Attorney Bennett discussed the Payment of Wages Act (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter…
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B&B Attorney Moderates MBA Legal Lunch Series

Bennett & Belfort, P.C. associate attorney, Craig D. Levey, along with his colleague, Courtney Shea hosted Part I of the program “Feed Your Mind: A Legal Lunch Series” on January 31, 2013.  The lunch series, created by members of both the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division, provides civil litigators across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with…
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B&B Attorney Presents Discrimination Law Update at 2012 MCLE Annual Employment Conference

Bennett & Belfort, P.C. Partner, David E Belfort, along with his colleague Attorney Peter Moser (From the firm Hirsh, Roberts Weinstein LLP), gave the opening lecture at this year’s 15th Annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Employment Law Conference.  Their presentation, entitled “Discrimination Law Update,” focused on 2012 developments in Massachusetts federal and state discrimination law.  The lecture first addressed…
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FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS $14 MILLION VERDICT AGAINST STARBUCKS FOR WAGE VIOLATIONS

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court decision in favor of employees (baristas) of Starbucks on their claim that the company illegally deprived the baristas of tips owed to them by including managerial employees in the tip distribution.  (Matamoros v. Starbucks Corp., Docket No. 12-1189)  In their class-action lawsuit, the baristas alleged that Starbucks’ policy allowing…
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Four Bennett & Belfort Attorneys Named 2012 Super Lawyers

Bennett & Belfort, P.C. is pleased to announce that four of our attorneys have been selected as 2012 "Super Lawyers," in the categories of Business Litigation and Employment & Labor.   The designation is attained through high peer recognition, meeting ethical standards, and demonstrating achievement in the field. Partner David E. Belfort was named a 2012 Super Lawyer in the "Employment Litigation" practice area…
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