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  • Public Information Cannot Be Considered Confidential
    Public Information Cannot Be Considered Confidential

    Cynosure, a company that manufactures high end laser and light based systems for minimally invasive medical procedures moved for preliminary injunction against three former employees, Spencer Detter, ...

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  • Is An Employee Handbook a Contract?
    Is An Employee Handbook a Contract?

    “It is well-settled in Massachusetts that an employee handbook or personnel manual may form the basis of an employment contract that is beyond that of at-will employment.” Beebe v. Williams Coll. , ...

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  • An Employee's Duty of Loyalty
    An Employee's Duty of Loyalty

    Massachusetts’ courts recognize that non-competition agreements can be valid under the right terms. However, many employees are not aware that they may owe a duty of loyalty to their employer even if ...

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  • Employees Who Work Through Lunch Must Be Paid Even if Employer Has Limited Knowledge
    Employees Who Work Through Lunch Must Be Paid Even if Employer Has Limited Knowledge

    The Massachusetts Appellate Court has recently decided that employees who work through lunch must be paid if the employer has some knowledge of the work. Justice James R. Milkey wrote: “…Armed with at ...

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  • Evolving Workplace Rights in the LGBT Community
    Evolving Workplace Rights in the LGBT Community

    Workplace rights in the LGBT communityFor years, sexual harassment has traditionally been associated with unwelcome conduct by a male towards a female in the workplace. While this is still common, ...

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  • The Importance of Pleading In the Alternative
    The Importance of Pleading In the Alternative

    Pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), in order to in order to bring a lawsuit for failure to pay overtime, an employee must meet the burden of proving a nexus to interstate commerce. There ...

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