Life Sciences Vector Newsletter, Spring 2018

Our Life Sciences team has published the Spring 2018 edition of its Vector newsletter. Below you will find brief descriptions of the news and articles included in the publication. Read the full newsletter for more information. JOSEPH HUNT AND DANIEL BLANCHARD JOIN FIRM IN TAX AND CORPORATE PRACTICE GROUPS A member of the Firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice Groups, …

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Six MBBP Attorneys Selected for 2017 Super Lawyers / Rising Stars List

Super Lawyers, “a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement,” has named their selections for Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2017. The selection process involves peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations. MBBP announces attorneys Peter Barnes-Brown, Scott Connolly,  John Hession, Joe Marrow, …

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Scott Connolly Comments on the Importance of Properly Classifying Workers in Accounting Today

In Accounting Today’s article “Properly Classifying Workers Remains a Major Problem“, employment attorney Scott Connolly comments on how worker misclassification is a prevalent issues for both the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing officials. Companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors avoid paying numerous payments under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which can lead to trouble with the …

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Firing Executives for Cause: Recent Case Offers Lessons

In employment and labor attorney Scott Connolly's new article "Firing Executives for Cause: Recent Case Offers Lessons", Scott discusses how the outcome of Eric Balles v. Babcock Power, Inc. offers contract drafting lessons for corporate and employment attorneys who represent executives and companies. Much can turn on whether an executive is fired “for Cause”.  If …

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Scott Connolly Weighs in on Massachusetts Family and Medical Leave Act

In a recent Mass Lawyers Weekly article "MCAD: duty of employer extends past FMLA period", employment attorney Scott Connolly discusses employer responsibility under the FMLA, as it relates to a recent decision of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). The decision in M.C.A.D & LaPete v. Country Bank for Savings supports developing case law that a disabled …

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Employment Law Alert: Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New Overtime Rule From Taking Effect On December 1

MBBP's Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding a preliminary order by a federal judge in Texas that temporarily blocks the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing changes to the salary basis for white collar overtime exemptions. Learn more on our Employment Law Blog.

Employment Law Alert: Are You Ready to Reclassify? New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect on December 1, 2016

MBBP’s Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding the new overtime regulations that will take effect on December 1, 2016.  Any employees who earn less than $47,476 annually will be entitled to overtime and must be treated as non-exempt, as per the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule. Don’t wait any longer to address this critical change in …

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Employment Law Alert: Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Imposes New Restrictions

MBBP’s Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert regarding the recent wage equality act signed in Massachusetts. On August 1st, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed, "An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the Act)" which requires men and women to receive equal pay for comparable work and forbids employers from asking prospective employees about salary history. Learn more on …

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MBBP Client ConforMIS, Inc. Acknowledged for Patient Satisfaction with Knee Replacements

ConforMIS, Inc., a medical technology company that manufactures and sells joint replacement implants, received positive results from its iTotal CR study.  The iTotal CR is a fully customized implant for use in total knee replacement, and the study found that 92% of patients were satisfied with the product in the year after receiving a knee …

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New Employment Law Alert: Non-Compete Reform

MBBP's Employment Law Group just released an Employment Law Alert. As legislative efforts for post-employment noncompetition agreement reforms have remained at a standstill for the past eight years, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has signaled support for a bill entitled, "Massachusetts Noncompetition Act". If H. 4323 is enacted, employers will have to quickly and carefully revise their employee restrictive agreements …

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