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Discharged Employees Must Be Paid Unused Vacation Time Regardless of Written Policy


The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) held in Electronic Data Systems Corp. v. Attorney General that it is a violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act (M.G.L. c. 149, �148) to fail to pay unused vacation time to involuntarily terminated employees. In this matter the employer, Electronic Data Systems (“EDS”) had a written vacation policy which expressly provided

Defeating a Neighbor’s Challenge to Zoning Relief


Pursuant to G.L. c. 40A, § 17, only a “person aggrieved” by a local zoning board’s decision has standing to appeal the decision. Courts lack jurisdiction to preside over an appeal unless the plaintiff is determined to be a person aggrieved; therefore, absent such a determination a zoning appeal must be dismissed. The Massachusetts Legislature

Should Employers Waive Non-Competes


Employers did you know that waiving or scaling back a non-competition or non-solicitation restriction for departing employees to reduce the cost of severance may come back to haunt you? It is not unusual in this difficult economic time that companies are looking for ways to save money it pays to departing employees by either waiving

Protecting a Business from Competitors


There is nothing wrong with competition. However, when an owner of a convenience store realized that an adjacent gas station planned to increase its footprint and include a full service convenience market he became concerned that the ensuing traffic and safety problems would cause havoc in the area and affect his business. The convenience store

Contractor Avoids Liability On An Ambiguous Contract


When a contractor entered into what he believed to be a straightforward contract with a Home Builder for site work relative to the construction of a single family residential home, the contractor ultimately had to seek the services of Attorney Lisa Bond after he was sued for damages. The contract at issue was on a

Estate Dispute Resolved prior to Trial


Often when an estate plan is executed close to the time of death or an estate plan favors one heir over others a will contest will ensue. Unfortunately will contests are expensive to litigate because emotions run high among family members and in the end the estate assets will be depleted and the family relationship

Accident Case Settled Without Court


When a retired gentleman was struck by a truck, he turned to Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C. to protect his rights. Attorney Paul N. Barbadoro lead a litigation attorneys team of BBB lawyers who investigated the accident quickly and found that the truck struck the client as he walked across a busy street. The client’s

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Is it for You?


In these tough economic times, going to court can be an expensive and time consuming manner in which to come to a resolution of a dispute. Alternative dispute resolution options are becoming a more popular way to resolve legal matters without the frustration of waiting for a court date and without incurring the expense of

Unfair Debt Collection


Are you being harassed by Debt Collectors? If so, here is what you need to know to proect yourself—You have rights! The Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Debt Collection Regulations, and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act protects consumers against invasion of privacy, abuse, debt collection harassment and other wrongful conduct


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