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.
On the evening of September 14th, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph hosted a small dinner in honor of Bill Shaevel's recent retirement. The evening was filled with the sharing of memories, laughter and gratitude as the Sisters and Bill reflected upon their long and cherished relationship.
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.
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.
It is officially winter here in Massachusetts, and with the cold of the coming months also comes the prospect of businesses being closed for snow days. As a result, employees and employers alike might be asking, do workers get paid for snow days?
Congratulations to Attorney Scott Carman who was recently elected Chairman of the City of Medford's Zoning Board of Appeals. Scott is in the first year of his three year term since joining the Board of Appeals in April 2016.
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide hold on implementation of the Department of Labor’s new regulations that would have expanded overtime laws to over 4 million workers in the United States.
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.
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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.
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.
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.