Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Employee

By Michael Franco, Esq. The law of defamation is of growing importance in the area of employment law. Suits brought by employees against employers now account for one third of all defamation actions. For decades, the courts have tried to balance employees’ need for...

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The Need for Evolution in Employment Law

By Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. One area of law that has a lot of catching up to do is that of the employee’s rights when the employer terminates her for wholly unfair reasons. Such employer actions are often devastating to the well qualified, hardworking and productive...

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Can the Constitution Trump Bigotry?

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. Republican Presidential candidate frontrunner (maybe not here in Southcoast Massachusetts) Donald Trump recently proposed to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Typically one’s gut instinct to immediately...

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Musings

by Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. In re Female Marines Lawyers savvy on the subject of illegal discrimination in the form of “profiling” should be curious about a recent Marine Corps study comparing all male combat units to those that are mixed, i.e. “integrated” with...

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Why your Facebook disclaimer means diddly

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.

I think it’s important to begin with a reminder of what makes a contract. See, generally, a contract is going to govern any business/consumer relationships, including your use of Facebook.

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The Perils of Ambulance Chasers

By Michael Franco, Esq.

I have noticed a disturbing increase in the number of unsolicited letters and telephone calls being made by law firms to accident victims. These law firms review police blotters to look for auto accidents, and then reach out to accident victims who are identified in the police reports.

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Beware the Binding Effects of Email*

By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.,

You don’t need a signed document to have a binding settlement agreement. This was always a concern that needed to be considered with oral negotiations, which can amount to enforceable, oral contracts.

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Massachusetts Sick Time Law: A Primer

by Richard E. Burke, Esq.

Massachusetts has enacted a new sick time law and regulations effective July 1, 2015. The new law, Mass.G.L. c. 149, §148C, allows all employees in Massachusetts to earn sick time. Significantly, the law includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees

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OUR VIEW: OBERGEFELL v. HODGES

Attorney Philip Beauregard: The same sex marriage decision “moves (us) one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.” These are the last words in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent, Scalia -father of nine children (God forbid that one be gay). Joining Scalia in...

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A FRIENDLY PSA REGARDING VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS

A FRIENDLY PSA REGARDING VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS by Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume It seems as though every other day the media is inundated with coverage of a new instance of a civilian exposing police misconduct via recording taken by the civilian. In most...

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