Introduction to the Massachusetts Wage Act and Recent Developments

04/11/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
Read on its own, the Wage Act is dense and difficult to understand. This has forced courts to delineate its boundaries through litigation. The trend has been pro-employee, with increasingly broad application of the act. Coupled with a fairly recent (2008) amendment making treble damages mandatory, this trend has substantially increased litigation in the area. This increase, and potentially dire consequences of misinterpretation or ignorance of the Wage Act, means that familiarity with the law is increasingly necessary for attorneys in a wide range of practice areas. This presentation is intended to give a brief overview of some of those contours of the Wage Act, as well as to explain some of the recent developments and trends regarding the Wage Act’s interpretation....
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Bargaining, Race, and Globalization: How Baseball and Other Sports Mirror Collective Bargaining, Law and Life

04/07/2014 - 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Baseball, sparked by Jackie Robinson and his audacious bid to break the twentieth century color bar, was important in diminishing racial barriers in the United States, notwithstanding the unwritten quota which limited black participation in the game to only the most outstanding black American players until the 1970s. The game became truly desegregated toward the end of the 1970s until the past decade or two when the number of black players began to decline appreciably. The factors for this decline are numerous, but some of them can be effectively addressed by the NCAA by establishing parity between athletic scholarships available in the revenue-producing sports like football and basketball, and baseball. Globalization has been a factor in black American decline, and has been relied upon by MLB as it pursues new markets and revenue and labor sources, which have been more inexpensive than the American player pool....
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CLE - Hot Topics in Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants

03/20/2014
Representatives from the bench and bar will discuss the latest developments in the law of trade secrets and restrictive covenants in Massachusetts, including the implications of pending legislation that would adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and create statutory standards for restrictive covenants in Massachusetts....
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Avoiding the Top Employment Law Mistakes by Non-Profits

03/06/2014 - 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM
The Boston Bar Association Labor and Employment Section is pleased to invite you to participate in a significant new pro bono employment law project. The BBA’s Pro Bono Employment Law Initiative for Non-Profits is designed to provide important employment law counseling assistance to underserved/under-funded non-profit social service organizations while creating more pro bono opportunities to employment law attorneys. While many pro bono efforts target litigators to take on pro bono cases in indigent client matters, limited opportunities exist for employment lawyers who want to provide pro bono legal assistance in their areas of expertise, or for management attorneys unable to take on plaintiff-side cases. And, while the metropolitan Boston area is filled with non-profit organizations, many of them have limited resources, and are in need of legal assistance in various areas of employment law compliance, such as wage and hour law, wage payment law, personnel policy development or ADA awareness. This BBA project addresses the glaring need of non-profits for such services and the lack of pro bono opportunities for employment lawyers by matching employment lawyers with non-profit organizations in need of assistance with employment-related legal needs. This BBA project presents a special opportunity for BBA labor and employment section members to lend their talents to these important non-profit organizations....
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Representing Clients Pursuing Unemployment Benefits

01/09/2014
This training is designed for attorneys who are seeking to represent on a pro bono basis clients who are pursuing unemployment benefits....
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Internal Investigations in Securities Matters

01/08/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Internal Investigations can become necessary in a variety of ways: regulatory inquiries, whistleblower complaints, shareholder demands, or just a worried general counsel. This panel will review tips on how to account for all constituents and protect yourself and your client....
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Independent Contractor Misclassification Issues

12/18/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
A distinguished panel, which includes U.S. Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith, will explore the relevant federal and state laws and regulatory guidance concerning the misclassification of some workers as independent contractors, including the unique standards under the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law....
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Litigation Strategies and Dangers in Wage and Hour Class Actions: A Roundtable Discussion With Leading Plaintiffs' and Defense Counsel

12/16/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This roundtable discussion will focus on new issues in wage and hour class actions, including the recent Supreme Court decision in Genesis Healthcare and the use of Rule 68 offers of judgment....
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Senior Lawyers Authors Series: The Hanging Judge by Judge Michael A. Ponsor

12/03/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Join the Senior Lawyers Section as they welcome Judge Michael A. Ponsor to discuss his new novel The Hanging Judge. A discussion about his experiences as both a judge and an author will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking reception....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Estate Planning, Employment Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law

11/07/2013
In this, the third session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, we will address estate planning, employment law, and landlord / tenant law related issues unique to servicemembers, veterans, and their families....
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Choice of Law for Employment Lawyers

11/01/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Enforcement of, or resistance to, forum selection/choice-of-law clauses is a hotly litigated issue in a number of employment disputes, from battles over non-competes to wage and hour claims. We will discuss a general approach to analyzing choice-of-law issues and then focus on developments in the area in recent wage and hour decisions....
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Occupational Disease Claims: Recent Legal and Medical Developments

10/28/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
This discussion will include a legal analysis now being applied by the courts, and medical analysis applied by occupational health professionals, in this challenging intersection between toxic torts, regulatory law, and science. This session will be of special interest to those with personal injury and workers compensation practices, and anyone relying on, or defending against, complex expert opinion at the motion and trial stages...
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New Leadership for Workplace Law: Where Will it Lead? The 40th Annual NLRB/DOL Labor Law Conference

10/24/2013 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Our panel of lawyers and academics will consider the practical implications of the upcoming Noel Canning decision and the likely challenges facing labor and employment law practitioners over the next year, with particular emphasis on anticipated developments in the areas of concerted activity, whistle blowing, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act....
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Beyond the Basics of the Litigation Cycle Part 2: Written Discovery

10/21/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Each Brown Bag in the series will be interactive, and attendees are encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences on each topic presented to further enhance the learning experience of the group. Part 2 focuses on written discovery, including document requests, interrogatories, requests for admissions, and subpoenas....
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Unpaid Internships: Mitigating Risk and Alternatives

10/11/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Entertainment companies traditionally have experienced the most problems related to unpaid internships. Join Mandy Petrillo from the Red Sox and Scott Connolly of Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton PC for a discussion about avoiding pitfalls when hosting unpaid interns and alternative arrangements....
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CLE - The Supremes: Review and Preview of 2013 Supreme Court and SJC Employment Cases

10/09/2013
Join us for a lively discussion of the labor & employment decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the SJC in the last term. For the second year in a row, the Supreme Court’s employment decisions tilted towards employers. Learn how these decisions will impact the advice you provide your clients....
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5th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secrets and Job Creation

07/23/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Massachusetts court decisions extend enforceability of non-compete agreements to protect "confidential information" that does not meet certain conditions for trade secrets seen in American Law Institute's 1939 Restatement of Torts. Have broad employee confidentiality agreements changed the common law presumption against servitudes? Would joining forty-eight states (including California and most recently Texas) in adopting the more modern Uniform Trade Secrets Act help make Massachusetts more competitive? Please join us in a review of the landscape and an informal discussion/debate from 4-6 pm, networking reception to follow from 6-7 pm. Our distinguished panel includes:...
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CLE - Human Trafficking: A Call to Action (FREE)

06/06/2013
Human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing illegal industries in the world. Join us for this complimentary program in which attendees will learn about the issue at large, what is being done in Massachusetts to address it, and ways you can get involved. There is no fee to attend this seminar, which is sponsored by the BBA's Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). ...
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Labor & Employment Section’s First Annual End of the Year Wine Tasting Event

06/04/2013 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Join the Labor & Employment Section for a night of refinement at the first annual Wine Tasting Event. Enjoy a variety of reds and whites and mingle with your colleagues. Can you think of any better way to end the year and welcome summer?...
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CLE - 40th Annual Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists

05/04/2013
This annual program is designed to familiarize labor relations practitioners with current trends in collective bargaining and other issues affecting public employees....
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Drafting Settlement Agreements that Work

04/24/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Experienced employment lawyers will share their best practices for drafting Settlement Agreements in the employment context....
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CLE - Employment Law Basics for 2013

04/23/2013
Our panel of experienced employment law practitioners will provide an overview of relevant federal and state employment laws over the course of the life cycle of the employment relationship – from hiring, through managing, and finally to termination....
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POSTPONED: Practicing in Administrative Law

04/16/2013 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Do you practice in administrative law currently or want to in the future? Come hear from attorneys practicing in administrative law on the diverse areas of practice, tips for advocating before administrative bodies, cutting edge issues in the area and how to find a job in administrative law....
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