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Recent News & Alerts

Court Provides Clarification on Security Deposit Damages

In an October, 2017 decision by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, in the case of Scott Phillips v. Equity Residential Management, L.L.C., the Court provided clarification as to which violations will trigger treble damages under the Act.

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Attorney Ken Krems Featured in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Article on the New Marijuana Law

On April 24, 2017, Attorney Ken Krems was featured on the front page of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, in its article “Landlord-tenant bar busy tackling ‘legal pot’ issue.” Attorney Krems, a leader in the field of real estate law who represents more than 20 companies managing approximately 15,000 apartments in Massachusetts, was interviewed by the news publication regarding the legal implications facing property managers following Massachusetts’ legalization of marijuana.

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Labor and Employment Advisory: MA Courts Adopt Narrow Test for Unpaid Meal Breaks

On December 23, 2016, the Massachusetts Superior Court reached a decision in DeVito et al. v. Longwood Security Services, Inc., et al. regarding how to determine whether employees should be compensated for the time they are on a meal break, choosing to apply the more narrow “relief from duties” test.

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Attorney Ken Krems Recognized as a 2016 New England Super Lawyer

Shaevel & Krems, LLP is pleased to announce that Attorney Ken Krems has been selected as a 2016 New England "Super Lawyer" in the field of Real Estate. 

Each year, Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys across the country from more than 70 practice areas who have a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. 

If you would like more information about Super Lawyers, please visit the Super Lawyers website

Labor and Employment Advisory: No Labor Relations Privilege in Massachusetts - For Now

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts declined to create a "labor relations privilege" for communications between employees and their union representatives.

On September 7, the District Court also rejected applying the Title VII standard for employer liability to state discrimination actions under M.G.L. 151B.

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Labor and Employment Advisory: Labor Board Rules Grad Students Can Unionize

On August 23, the National Labor Relations Board issued a landmark 3-1 decision that Columbia University must recognize a labor union of graduate students, effectively allowing unionization of graduate students at private universities.

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Labor and Employment Advisory: Massachusetts Passes Pay Equity Bill

The Massachusetts Pay Equity Act, signed into law on August 1, creates new protections to close the gap in pay between men and women—including the first in the nation bar on asking for salary history in an interview.

Also, the 1st Circuit issued its decision in Burns v. Johnson, finding that circumstantial evidence is sufficient to overcome a summary judgment motion in gender discrimination and harassment claims.

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