Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is well-known for lobster, the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. The state falls in the First Federal Circuit Court System. More than 80% of the New England residents live in the greater-Boston metro, making it the most populous and a highly influential city in the state’s history, industry, and academia. Both Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are in the Boston area and are ranked as two of the top universities nationally and worldwide.

The government of Massachusetts is laid out in the Constitution of the Commonwealth.  The state government, like the federal government, consists of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. The executive branch is controlled by the governor and consists of over 150 state agencies. The governor also has a cabinet consisting of ten secretaries.  The legislative branch consists of the General Court, broken into two branches the Massachusetts Senate, which has 40 members, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives with has 160 members, and all members in both houses are up for election every two years.  Although a few remain, most county governments were dissolved in the 1990s and 2000s.

The judiciary of Massachusetts consists of the court of last resort, the Superior Court which is the court of last resort.  The Massachusetts District Court, also known as the District Court Department of the Trial Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases.  The Land Court has limited subject-matter jurisdiction related to real property. Massachusetts also has a Housing Court, Probate and Family Court, Juvenile Court and Boston’s Municipal Court.

Massachusetts is also known for its liberal legislation. On May 17, 2004 it became the first US state to legalize Same-sex marriage, after a state court determined that exclusion of same-sex couples right to a civil marriage was unconstitutional. On November 8, 2016, the state also legalized marijuana under the Marijuana Legalization Initiative.  Massachusetts has progressive laws related to employment and has passed an Equal Pay Ordinance and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and legal analysis of both pieces of legislation are available on the National Law Review.

Date Title Organization
20
Feb
Profit-Sharing Arrangement Tied to Employer’s Overall Profits Not Subject to Massachusetts Wage Act Mintz
12
Feb
Massachusetts Employers May Need to Update Their PFML Policies in 2024 Foley & Lardner LLP
6
Feb
Wage War: Massachusetts Trial Court Rejects Globe Ex-President’s Profit-Sharing Claim Disguised as Wage Act Violation Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
2
Feb
Home Health Care Owner Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud Scheme ArentFox Schiff LLP
1
Feb
The Budget Saves Brandeis: An Update on COVID-19 Tuition Litigation Pierce Atwood LLP
23
Jan
Avoiding Application of the Massachusetts Wage Act to Out-of-State Employees ArentFox Schiff LLP
17
Jan
Massachusetts Updates Paid Family and Medical Leave Poster, Notice, Contribution and Benefit Amounts Jackson Lewis P.C.
16
Jan
Take Note: Significant 2024 Gift/Estate Tax Exemption Inflation Increases Blank Rome LLP
9
Jan
Boston Adds Updated Inclusionary Development Policy to the Zoning Code—What Questions Remain? Goulston & Storrs
4
Jan
Construction Contractors and Certified Payroll Reports Under Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
4
Jan
Three Point Shot - Winter 2024 Proskauer Rose LLP
4
Jan
MassDEP Proposes Changes to Chapter 91 Regulations Pierce Atwood LLP
2
Jan
Are The Harvard Corporation Members Answerable Only To G-D? Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
21
Dec
“Frustration of Purpose" Defense Still Frustrating for Commercial Tenants Goulston & Storrs
21
Dec
Standing to Bring Zoning Appeals Goulston & Storrs
21
Dec
Expert Testimony Nice-to-Have, Not Must-Have in Insurance Claims Goulston & Storrs
21
Dec
Liquidated Damages Clauses Enforceable in Commercial Leases Goulston & Storrs
19
Dec
Massachusetts DPU Completes Investigation into Future Role of Commonwealth’s Gas Distribution Companies Pierce Atwood LLP
19
Dec
If Harvard Is A Corporation, Does Its Board Owe Fiduciary Duties? Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
18
Dec
The Investment Tax Credit for Offshore Wind Projects: A Second Look at the Proposed Regulations under Section 48 Bracewell LLP
1
Dec
Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program: December 2023 End-of-Year Update Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
1
Dec
Warning - Transaction Delays Expected. State Notice Requirements Ahead for Health Care M&A! Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
22
Nov
Long-Awaited Tax Package Provides Some Relief from Archaic Massachusetts Estate Tax Laws Pierce Atwood LLP
15
Nov
Massachusetts Wagers Big on Privacy in Sports Betting Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
13
Nov
Stay Tuned: Massachusetts Legislature Poised to Enact Pay Transparency Requirements Proskauer Rose LLP
7
Nov
Massachusetts: Proceed With Caution - New Vaccination Criteria for Hospitals and Other Licensed Health Facilities Foley & Lardner LLP
6
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert November 6, 2023 (For the week ending November 5, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
6
Nov
CMS’ Making Care Primary (MCP) Model: Applications Due November 30, 2023 Foley & Lardner LLP
1
Nov
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - November 2023 Goulston & Storrs
1
Nov
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert November 1, 2023 (For the week ending October 29, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
31
Oct
Significant Changes to Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Coming on November 1, 2023 ArentFox Schiff LLP
31
Oct
Massachusetts Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave Revises Guidance on Topping Off Benefits With Accrued Paid Leave Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
30
Oct
Pay Transparency Law on the Horizon for Massachusetts Employers Mintz
27
Oct
The Pay State: Massachusetts Set to Join Hawaii, Illinois in Adopting Pay Transparency Requirements this Year Barnes & Thornburg LLP
25
Oct
Even If Money Were No Object, Spending Alone Isn't Going to Protect Us Against Our GHG Supercharged Climate Mintz
24
Oct
Amended Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Allows ‘Topping Off’ Benefits With Accrued Sick, Vacation Pay Jackson Lewis P.C.
23
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 23, 2023 (For the week ending October 22, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
20
Oct
Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 20: Marijuana in the Workplace [Podcast] Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
19
Oct
Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Updates – What Employers Need to Know Mintz
17
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 17, 2023 (For the week ending October 15, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
13
Oct
There Once Was, and May Still Be, a Coastal Resilience Project on Nantucket! Mintz
11
Oct
Massachusetts Adopts Single-Sales-Factor Apportionment; Manufacturing Classification Becomes Less Controversial McDermott Will & Emery
11
Oct
Chat with Caution: The Growing Data Privacy Compliance and Litigation Risk of Chatbots Pierce Atwood LLP
10
Oct
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert October 10, 2023 (For the Week Ending October 8, 2023) Pierce Atwood LLP
6
Oct
Estate Tax Changes Included in New Massachusetts Tax Relief Package Mintz
6
Oct
Massachusetts Governor Signs Tax Reform Bill with Significant Individual, Corporate Tax Changes Greenberg Traurig, LLP
5
Oct
EPA Issues Clean Water Act Permits Requiring Climate Change Adaptation Beveridge & Diamond PC
5
Oct
Court Rejects Contractor’s Claim That COVID-19 Rendered Performance Impossible Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
5
Oct
Massachusetts High Court Reaffirms “Single Look Doctrine” For Evaluating Liquidated Damages Clause in Commercial Leases Pierce Atwood LLP
4
Oct
Massachusetts Doubles Estate Tax Threshold as Part of $1 Billion Tax Reform Act Goulston & Storrs
 

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