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Take Reasonable Steps to Address Third-Party Sexual Harassment Workplace Claims
by Mark J. Ventola, Esq. and Robert J. Van Campen, Esq.

Mark J. Ventola, Esq.

In the case of Modern Continental/Obayashi v. Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Supreme Judicial Court recently considered a question that has plagued many employers: how to address harassing conduct by or against non-employees. Fortunately, the Court adopted an approach that rewards diligent employers and penalizes only those who ignore a real problem.

What Happens When a Massachusetts Corporation is Dissolved?
by Alexander H. Pyle, Esq. and John Bentas, Esq.

Although it is prudent to have an attorney involved in all cycles of corporation’s existence, it is especially important at its termination. Among the issues that arise are what form of dissolution to pursue, how to deal with actual and potential creditors, and how to limit the potential liability of directors and stockholders.
Employee Non-competition Agreements: When Are They Enforceable?
by Maria E. Recalde, Esq.

Maria E. Recalde, Esq. More and more companies require their employees to sign non-competition agreements, generally prohibiting employees from working in or setting up a competing business for a period following termination of employment. Because they affect an individual's ability to earn a living, employee non-competition agreements can be controversial and are frequently challenged in court.
Employer and Employee Obligations Under the New Health Care Reform Law in Massachusetts
by Walter M. Foster, Esq. and Lyndsee Dickison

Walter M. Foster, Esq. Massachusetts recently enacted health care reform legislation in an attempt to insure those who currently have no health insurance coverage. The new law creates myriad administrative and financial obligations on both employers and employees and is sure to change the health benefits landscape in Massachusetts.
Demystifying Mechanics Liens in Massachusetts
by John H. Perten, Esq.

John H. Perten, Esq.

Massachusetts, like most jurisdictions, has a comprehensive statutory scheme for asserting and enforcing mechanics liens. Though it is a powerful tool, many companies do not understand what a mechanics lien is, when they can lien a project, and how to go about it.

Who is Liable For Overweight Truck Fines?
by John-Mark Turner, Esq.

John-Mark Turner, Esq. Many states penalize the operation of trucks over a certain weight. Though arguably the shipper or loader should bear some responsibility for any overweight fines, without a clear transportation contract assigning penalty liability, the carrier will likely be the one paying.
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