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The Embattled Executive: Strategies for Protecting Compensation and Careers

06/18/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

In the not so distant past, it was not uncommon for successful executives and professionals to spend decades, if not... Read More »

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Proposed Changes to the MCAD’s Procedural Regulations

03/11/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) recently released new draft procedural regulations, which aim to substantially overhaul the existing ones... Read More »

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High Court Reinforces Discrimination Is About More Than Money

03/11/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and David I. Brody

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms and present itself in countless ways. Many people mistakenly believe that discrimination... Read More »

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Severance: Practical Guidance for the Departing Executive

11/19/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

With rare exceptions, employment relationships are not permanent. Indeed, in many cases, executives and professionals should not expect guaranteed employment... Read More »

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Performance Evaluations: What Your Employment Lawyer Would Like You to Know

11/19/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and David I. Brody

Nothing is quite as frustrating for employment lawyers as when their clients’ own words – or silence – are used... Read More »

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

08/22/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

For years, when asked by clients whether non-competition agreements are enforceable in Massachusetts, lawyers have had to say “it depends.” ... Read More »

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More on Sexual Harassment

08/22/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

As we have predicted, in the wake of revelations of unbridled, systemic abuse, sexual harassment cases are going to be... Read More »

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#MeToo and the New Tax Law: Beware Of The Unintended Consequences

04/27/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and David I. Brody

As the dust settles from the recent legislative collision between the #MeToo movement and tax reform, it is the proponents... Read More »

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

04/20/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

Typically, an executive separating from employment is asked to sign a severance agreement in exchange for severance.  Severance agreements may... Read More »

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Sexual Misconduct and the Definition of “Cause”

02/15/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

The Balles v. Babcock Power Inc. decision sheds light on whether sexual misconduct constitutes “cause” and provides go-forward guidance to... Read More »

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Federal Tax Deductibility: Three Changes That Impact Employees

02/12/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law, making numerous and significant changes to... Read More »

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BEWARE: In Bankruptcy, “Equity Compensation” Treated As Equity, Not Compensation

02/12/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

In a January 25, 2018 decision, In re: Lehman Brothers, Inc., the Second Circuit of the United States Court of... Read More »