U.S. Supreme Court Rules EEOC Charge is Procedural Requirement, Not Jurisdictional

By: Amanda Thibodeau As previously discussed on our Employment Law Blog, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against individuals who assert rights under the statute. To assert a …

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Update: Governor Baker and Legislative Leaders Issue Joint Statement Delaying Employer Contributions

By: Amanda Thibodeau On June 11, 2019, Massachusetts government leaders announced their intent to amend the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (the “PFMLA”) to delay the employer payroll tax contribution start date, required by the PFMLA, to October 1, 2019 (from the prior start date of July 1, 2019). In connection with the announcement, Governor Charlie …

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Jill Edgar Joins Morse as Patent Agent

Morse is pleased to welcome Jill O. Edgar as a Patent Agent. Jill works with life science entities to assist with all aspects of their patent procurement, including prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents and rendering patentability and validity opinions. Jill is a Registered U.S. Patent Agent and has a broad range of interests within …

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Mike Jabbawy Partners with Shoobx in Using Technology and Predictable Fee Structures to Change the Way Startups and Lawyers Work Together

In tech startup industry moving news, legal services platform Shoobx, Inc. has launched Legal Services on Shoobx, a new program to connect startups with legal representation at a fixed, affordable fee covering not only incorporation and general corporate work but also initial equity fundraising activities. Morse corporate partner Mike Jabbawy is pioneering the program after …

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Employment Law Alert: DOL Issues Opinion Letter Classifying Workers in the Gig Economy As Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an Opinion Letter analyzing the classification of workers in the virtual marketplace or “gig economy.” This refers to companies that operate in the “on-demand” or “sharing” economy, using online and smartphone applications to connect consumers to service providers in a wide variety of services, such as transportation, cleaning, delivery, …

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Title VII at SCOTUS

By: Amanda Thibodeau In April 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear three cases related to discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity during its next term. The Court will analyze the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of …

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Amanda Schreyer Quoted in Quartz Article on the Legal Importance of Influencer Authenticity

In Quartz's article Authenticity is the Biggest Challenge of the Influencer World, Amanda Schreyer comments on the potential legal consequences that influencers face when artificially inflating audience numbers, noting that it is fraud and could be a breach of contract. She also discusses the FTC mandate that influencer endorsements must be honest and that influencers …

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2019 VC and M&A Forum: Current M&A Deal Terms Panel Recap

By: Stephanie Singer At Morse's 2019 VC and M&A Forum on May 2, panelists with their finger on the pulse of the M&A world shared their views as to current trends in M&A deal terms. Moderator John Hession, Partner at Morse, led a discussion among data maven Amanda Jackson Managing Director - Eastern Region, Business …

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#MeToo at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

According to the 2018 Annual Report, sexual harassment claims filed with the MCAD increased 400 percent in January and February 2018 compared to those months in previous years. As the year went on, however, the number of new sexual harassment filings slowed. While the Annual Report stops short of theorizing the reasons behind this drop …

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2019 VC and M&A Forum: Maximizing Value in M&A Panel Recap

By: Stephanie Singer How do you maximize value when beginning an M&A process? At Morse’s 2019 VC and M&A Forum on May 2, a panel of experts – including an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, a banker, and a VC and M&A attorney – shared their thoughts on the keys to success when negotiating an M&A …

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