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The CARES Act and Your Compensation: What Every Executive Should Know

By Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky on April 17, 2020

Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides access... Read More »

Unequal Bargaining Power and Hardship May Make a Post-Employment Restriction Unenforceable: New Guidance from Massachusetts’ Highest Court

By Nancy S. Shilepsky on February 26, 2020
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On October 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Non-Competition Act, MGL c. 149, sec. 21, went into effect. Without a doubt, the... Read More »

Our “Top Five to Ten” List of Important Recent Cases

By David I. Brody and Nancy S. Shilepsky on October 1, 2019
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In order to keep our readers abreast of recent developments and legal trends, we are continuing our “top five to... Read More »

Fiduciary Duties: Expansion of Protections for Shareholder-Professionals

By David I. Brody and Nancy S. Shilepsky on June 18, 2019
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As a general rule in Massachusetts, the officers and directors of a corporation do not owe fiduciary duties to individual... Read More »

Severance: Practical Guidance for the Departing Executive

By Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky on November 19, 2018
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With rare exceptions, employment relationships are not permanent. Indeed, in many cases, executives and professionals should not expect guaranteed employment... Read More »

This Just Isn’t Right: Using Equitable Claims and Remedies to Right a Wrong

By Nancy S. Shilepsky on November 19, 2018
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There are some cases in which something is just not right, but there is no legal remedy. Instead, one may... Read More »

Are Non-Competes Enforceable in Massachusetts? Finally, Some Answers

By Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky on August 22, 2018
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For years, when asked by clients whether non-competition agreements are enforceable in Massachusetts, lawyers have had to say “it depends.” ... Read More »

LEGAL ALERT: Updated Equal Pay Act, Effective July 1, 2018

By Nancy S. Shilepsky on April 30, 2018
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On July 1, 2018, the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act takes effect.  The Office of the Attorney General has published... Read More »

There is No Such Thing as “Boilerplate”: Protecting Equity and Deferred Compensation

By Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky on April 20, 2018
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Typically, an executive separating from employment is asked to sign a severance agreement in exchange for severance.  Severance agreements may... Read More »

Sexual Misconduct and the Definition of “Cause”

By Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky on February 15, 2018
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The Balles v. Babcock Power Inc. decision sheds light on whether sexual misconduct constitutes “cause” and provides go-forward guidance to... Read More »