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The CARES Act: Stimulus, Small Businesses, Safety Net


The 2.2 trillion dollar “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the “CARES Act” or the “Act”) was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The sweeping reform provides assistance to individuals and a large sector of businesses. The attorneys at Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C. (“BB&B” have compiled this list of important provisions

Can two separate provisions of the CARES Act truly provide a lifeline to small businesses?


The CARES Act passed March 27, 2020 provides several different avenues of relief to individuals, small business and large businesses, airlines and healthcare industries, including COVID-19 small business loans and funding.  Packed into this enormous piece of legislation are several provisions for short term loans for small businesses to be provided under the Small Business

Small Business Bankruptcy in the time of COVID-19


The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA) became effective February 2020, providing a more streamlined process for small businesses to reorganize through bankruptcy without the constraints of several features of Chapter 11 reorganization. The small business provision, known as Subchapter V of chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, was enacted in August 2019

Michael Barbadoro Appointed First Registrar


Congratulations to Attorney Michael Barbadoro on his appointment as First Assistant Registrar of Probate for Norfolk County. Mike has been an integral part of the BBB team for the last few years specializing in Probate and Litigation matters. As a former 10 year employee of Norfolk Probate and as a practitioner, Mike brings a wealth

Families First Coronavirus Act – Key Provisions for Employers


On March 18th, the U.S. Congress passed and President Trump signed, the Families First Coronavirus Act (“FFCA”). FFCA includes numerous sweeping measures designed to help both families and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of some of the key provisions of the FFCA for employers. Emergency Paid Sick Leave Duration of Emergency

Gatekeepers in Zoning Disputes


Zoning disputes range from single family homes to complex commercial, residential, or mixed use developments. Regardless of the monetary value of the project from a cost-standpoint, the zoning disputes that get to court all have one thing in common – someone owning a nearby property is not happy. Anyone can talk at a local hearing

Client Alert on COVID-19


To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. COVID-19 has the potential to cause extensive outbreaks and because there is no current vaccine, an outbreak may become an extended event, as a result, workplaces may experience: Higher

The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019


Congress has enacted and on Friday, August 23, 2019 the President signed a bill which will add a new subchapter V to Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code designed to streamline the reorganization process for small businesses.  This new law follows some unsuccessful stories about small businesses being unable to successfully reorganize under

Taxes and Insurance and Inspections, Oh My! Considering Actual Costs of Airbnb and other Short-Term Rental Income


According to Airbnb, hosts in Massachusetts earned over $256 million from 1.2 million renters. The growth of private vacation rentals deriving from Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and similar websites has provided extra income for property owners in Massachusetts and additional options for travelers to the state. The tremendous growth, however, has also prompted state and local

New Non-Compete Law Goes Into Effect On October 1st: What It Means For Employers


It has been a long-time coming, but it is finally here, Non-Compete reform in Massachusetts.  The new law, which was recently signed by Governor Baker, places significant restrictions on how employers can use non-compete agreements with employees and independent contractors.  Here are the highlights: The new law, M.G.L. c. 149 §24L (Massachusetts Non-Competition Agreement Act)