Pitfalls to Avoid When Transitioning to An Unlimited Vacation Policy

An increasing number of companies are offering unlimited vacation days as a key benefit of employment. Known as “unlimited vacation” or “unlimited paid time off (PTO)” this trendy benefit presents several important legal considerations for employers and employees in Massachusetts and across the country.

For employees, an unlimited vacation policy seems like a […]

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, Employment Law|

Risks and Rewards for Landlords with Real Estate in Cannabis-zoned Areas

In July 2017, Governor Baker signed into law An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana, General Law Chapter 94G, which allows individuals over the age of 21 to lawfully operate marijuana establishments for retail, cultivation, manufacturing and testing. Over a year later, in November 2018, the first legal sale of recreational marijuana was […]

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, Employment Law|

Not All Prevailing Wage Claims Are Also Wage Act Claims, Limiting Individual Liability of Corporate Officers

Massachusetts’s Prevailing Wage Act is a comprehensive statute intended to provide an exclusive remedy for underpayment on public works projects. Some, but not all, of the provisions of the Prevailing Wage Act allow employees to hold corporate officers individually liable in certain circumstances. In a recent decision, Donis v. American Waste […]

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, Employment Law|

Employers Beware: Practical Implications Of Governor Baker’s Newly Issued Travel Order, Effective August 1, 2020, in the Workplace

By: Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.

On July 24, 2020, Governor Baker issued a COVID-19 Travel Order[1] to safeguard residents from exposure to the Coronavirus due to interstate travel. The Travel Order went into effect on August 1, 2020, requiring visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to complete and submit a Travel Form and self-quarantine for 14 days […]

August 18th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19|

Local Bill Intended to Aid Very Small Business

By:  Emyr Remy

In late-March the Massachusetts House of Representatives introduced Bill HD.4985, a proposed stimulus package to support micro-business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed grant subsidy, introduced by Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, is intended to provide relief to very small businesses in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This legislation would provide up to a $15,000 grant subsidy […]

April 7th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Employment Law|

DOL Guidance On The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By:  Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.

As you may already know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective on April 1, 2020, requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to certain eligible employees. Although many questions remain unanswered, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued helpful guidance in the […]

April 6th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Employment Law|

Governor Baker Revises Non-Essential Business Emergency Order


by: J. Nathan Cole

Dear Kenney & Sams clients and friends,

As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the country, and as Massachusetts and federal authorities seek to curtail business and social activity to “flatten […]

DOL Announcement: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective on April 1st & Model Notice

By:  Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.

On March 24, 2020, the DOL announced that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be effective as of April 1st. The statute will be effective through December 31, 2020. This in turn means that employees may be eligible for paid sick leave under the FFCRA from April 1 through December 31, 2020.

Although regulations […]

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, COVID-19, Employment Law|

Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Update: Massachusetts Senate Considers Retroactively Expanding Coverage to Include Covid-19 Based Claims

By: J. Nathan Cole

Massachusetts State Senator James B. Eldridge from Middlesex and Worcester Districts has introduced a bill (S.D. 2888) to rewrite and retroactively expand business interruption coverage to include losses caused by COVID-19. Typically, business interruption insurance provides coverage to replace losses, including lost net income, payroll, and other expenses incurred by a business during “periods of restoration,” […]

March 27th, 2020|Categories: Articles & Publications, COVID-19, Insurance Law|