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Last week, the legislature passed a bill, which, if the Governor signs, will provide for some big changes to the legal landscape governing non-competes in Massachusetts.

Despite signing 53 other bills yesterday, however, Governor Baker still has not signed the noncompete bill. 

Here, I will set out a brief overview of some of the biggest changes this bill would provide. I'm not going to go into too...

January 30, 2018

I love this story. 

Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, was negotiating his managerial contract with the Boston Red Sox this past October, just as Puerto Rico was beginning its recovery from Hurricane Maria.  

It seems that as part of Cora's personal employment contract, he negotiated a provision in which the Red Sox agreed to deliver medical supplies and other equipment to Puerto Rico to...

September 8, 2016

A Cambridge-based au pair agency and a host family sued Attorney General Maura Healey last week to stop the application of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the supporting regulations to au pair host families.

According to their civil complaint, Cultural Care Au Pair sued because the Domestic Workers law and regulations will increase the amount host families are required to pay...

June 11, 2016

A story in today's New York Times featured a common clause in severance agreement -- nondisparagement clauses.

Severance agreements generally set out the terms and conditions of the separation of employment between the employee and employer. They represent a significant doorway to pass through for each the employee and employer and should be approached and executed thoughtfully, voluntarily, and with f...

February 29, 2016

Courts and lawyers try to grapple with employment discrimination law through a series of frameworks and analytical tools. This leap-day caseBulwer v. Mount Auburn Hospital, 473 Mass. 672 (2016), provides me the opportunity to get into the weeds a little bit as to these frameworks.  

I will try to use as much non-legalese as possible, though invariably, I may lapse into it. Please forgive me in a...

February 4, 2016

... So, the employee tried to take matters into his own hands and protect himself. Unfortunately, in doing so, he breached his employment contract. His employer sued him, and eight years of employment litigation later....

Let's start by affirming that eight years of litigation is generally not an optimal experience for anyone. 

What happened eight years before EventMonitor, Inc. vs....

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