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Yes, Your Website Needs a Terms of Use Policy

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Recently, we posted a blog laying out the importance of a website’s privacy policy.  A quality privacy policy, however, is only half of the equation when it comes to protecting your website.  To truly protect yourself and your business, you need a comprehensive agreement that legally binds your users and regulates their actions on… Read More »

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The Importance of a Privacy Policy

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It is no secret that the public’s concerns over the use and protection of their personal data has intensified in recent years.  Today {companies, website owners, businesses} that collect the personal information of their {customers, clients, website visitors} are expected to establish and maintain detailed and effective plans to safeguard the storage and use… Read More »

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Uber’s Legal Issues Are Not Unique

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…Your Business Will Face Them Too Small technology companies and young tech-world entrepreneurs probably look at Uber and dream of what could be. In many ways, Uber is a model of business success.  However, in the last few years Uber has been subject to class action wage and salary lawsuits (unpaid overtime, misclassification of workers) in… Read More »

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Planning for a Breakup?

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The relationship between {owners, shareholders, partners} in a {new business, startup} is often compared to a marriage.  Its an apt analogy in many respects.  The {cofounders, partners, new owners} make a commitment to each other to be bound to the new company, for better or for worse, often agreeing to forego their own opportunities… Read More »

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The Primary Account Holder Trap

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Many small businesses rely on {company, business, corporate} credit cards as a convenient and integral part of their business.  However, many small business owners, especially those with multiple {partners, owners, shareholders}, are unaware of several issues related to business credit cards when they apply for a credit card.  If you are a small business… Read More »

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How to Lose a Trademark in 3 Ways

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Trademarks and Service Marks need to be renewed, maintained, monitored and actively protected from infringement. Doing any of the following can, and most likely will, result in the loss of rights to the mark. Abandonment of the mark. Trademark abandonment occurs when the owner of the Trademark or Service Mark stops using the mark, with no intention to use… Read More »

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Business Agreements

Contractor Liable Under MGL 93A Despite Homeowner Directive To ‘Do it Anyway’

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Home Improvement Contractor Liability Under MGL 93A Home Improvement Contractors have had a rough year when it comes to burdens of liability under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 93A. See “Contractor’s Failure to Register Gave Rise to Treble Damages, Attorney’s Fees & Costs”. This past week, the Massachusetts Appeals Court piled on another layer of… Read More »

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unpaid overtime claims

Employers Outside MA Cannot Escape Massachusetts Wage Act Claims

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Out-of-State Employers Subject to Massachusetts Wage Act Claims Out-of-state employers can no longer hide behind a wall of jurisdiction when determining the forum for wage act cases. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded in Cossart v. United Excel Corporation, et al., that a federal court in Massachusetts could exercise personal jurisdiction over a Kansas… Read More »

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Independent Contractor Statute

Massachusetts Sick Time Complaints Have Begun to Roll In

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The Sick Time Clock…Has Run Out of Time. The new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law took effect over 5 months ago on July 1, 2015. As predicted, the latest wave of ‘wage and salary’ type complaints and lawsuits in Massachusetts are trickling in to my plaintiff-lawyer colleagues. Do not underestimate the consequences of failing to… Read More »

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Insurance Agents Were the Latest Target of Worker Misclassification Cases

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A series of recent Massachusetts court rulings addressing the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors have involved real estate agents, truck drivers and taxi cab drivers. Employers can now add insurance agents to the list of workers who have undergone court scrutiny for classification as employees or independent contractors. As many of you who follow the… Read More »

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