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
6
Apr
Massachusetts SJC: Employers Are Strictly Liable for Treble Damages for Late, Pre-Suit Wage Payments Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
5
Apr
Massachusetts Court Rules on Massachusetts Wage Act’s Mandatory Treble Damages Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
4
Apr
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert April 4, 2022 Pierce Atwood LLP
31
Mar
Massachusetts’ Franchisee Classification To Be Resolved Using Independent Contractor Test ArentFox Schiff LLP
24
Mar
AG Healey Has a Point: If We're Serious about Renewable Energy We Have to Get to Building the Infrastructure Necessary to Transmit It Mintz
22
Mar
White House Focuses on Pay Equity and Transparency Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
21
Mar
But I Don’t Want to Go to Back to the Office – Your Rights to Work from Home Sherin and Lodgen LLP
18
Mar
Recent Developments and Legal Trends in Employment Law Sherin and Lodgen LLP
18
Mar
Protecting Health Care Whistleblowers under Massachusetts Law Sherin and Lodgen LLP
18
Mar
UPDATE: Property Damage Claims Even After Cleanup Under Massachusetts General Laws Chap. 21E Greenberg Traurig, LLP
14
Mar
District Court Rejects Reasonableness Requirement for “Actuarial Equivalence” Used to Calculate Alternative Annuities Jackson Lewis P.C.
9
Mar
Retreating from The Ocean May Be Easy, but That Doesn't Mean It Is the Right Thing to Do. Mintz
8
Mar
Massachusetts Poised to Grant Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants Jackson Lewis P.C.
8
Mar
Energy & Sustainability Legal Feature — Massachusetts Approves $4B 2022–2024 Efficiency Plan Mintz
7
Mar
Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program to End March 15, 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP
5
Mar
Massachusetts to End COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Jackson Lewis P.C.
4
Mar
Massachusetts Poised to Reshape Natural Gas Distribution Companies to Address Climate Change Pierce Atwood LLP
3
Mar
Massachusetts Updates State Telemedicine Guidance for Physicians Robinson & Cole LLP
3
Mar
Massachusetts Regulators Begin to Clear the Path to Net-Zero Emissions Hunton Andrews Kurth
3
Mar
Law of the Land - Real Estate Litigation Newsletter (March 3, 2022) Goulston & Storrs
1
Mar
Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act to End on March 15, 2022 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
28
Feb
Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act Expected to Terminate Before April 1, 2022, End Date Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
28
Feb
PFAS Moratorium In MA: Could Business Growth Be Impacted? CMBG3 Law
24
Feb
Provider-Payor Contracting: Increasing State Legislative Efforts Focused on Provider Contracting Practices and Restrictive Provisions Polsinelli PC
17
Feb
We Need to Walk and Chew Gum When It Comes to Planning in the City of Boston Mintz
16
Feb
When It Comes to Coastal Resilience, Late Isn't Better than Never! Mintz
15
Feb
Massachusetts Legislature Evaluates Its Own Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
14
Feb
Massachusetts Data Privacy Bill Advances in Legislature Pierce Atwood LLP
14
Feb
Massachusetts Privacy Bill Provides WISP Reminder, Safe Harbor for Punitive Damages Jackson Lewis P.C.
11
Feb
Tech Transactions & Data Privacy 2022 Report: Look in on The Status of Passed, Pending and Failed State Comprehensive Privacy BillsTech Polsinelli PC
10
Feb
Litigation Over Massachusetts’ “Right to Repair” Law Continues Robinson & Cole LLP
10
Feb
Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave: February 2022 Update Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
10
Feb
Tech Transactions & Data Privacy 2022 Report: Third-Party Data Incidents: Preparing and Responding as the Volume of Incidents Rise Polsinelli PC
9
Feb
Heightened Litigation Risk Is Not A Basis to Shield Attorney-Fiduciary Communications in 401(k) Litigation Jackson Lewis P.C.
3
Feb
Retail Industry 2021 Year in Review: Treble Damages Without Setting Foot in Massachusetts!?!? Hunton Andrews Kurth
2
Feb
Major Update in Data Privacy Laws Proposed in Massachusetts Mintz
2
Feb
Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Newsletter - February 2022 Goulston & Storrs
1
Feb
Local Preemption and Wetlands in Massachusetts Greenberg Traurig, LLP
31
Jan
Massachusetts Takes a Step Closer to Its 2050 Decarbonization Goal: The Commission on Clean Heat Launch Mintz
26
Jan
Governor Baker Releases Eighth Budget Recommendation Mintz
19
Jan
Weekly Bankruptcy Alert January 19, 2022 (For the week ending January 17, 2022) Pierce Atwood LLP
13
Jan
Massachusetts to Support Offshore Wind Industry Development, Additional Offshore Wind Projects, Transmission, and Energy Storage Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
13
Jan
No Way Home: Recent Medicaid Fraud Settlements with Home Healthcare Companies Tycko & Zavareei LLP
10
Jan
Five Fast Facts on Boston’s Indoor Vaccine Mandate Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
10
Jan
Will A Starbucks Union Affect Your Morning Cup Of Coffee? Barnes & Thornburg LLP
7
Jan
SMART Program Doubles Capacity Mintz
5
Jan
Massachusetts DPH Delays Enforcement Penalties for State Surprise Billing Law Foley & Lardner LLP
4
Jan
Massachusetts Employers Cautioned Regarding Performance Review Rebuttals Hunton Andrews Kurth
3
Jan
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rejects “ABC Test” for Determining Joint Employment Under Minimum Fair Wage Law Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
3
Jan
Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on …Did You Remember to Make Necessary Changes to Comply with New 2022 State and Local Wage-Hour Laws? Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
 

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