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Massachusetts Suspends State Permitting Deadlines

On March 26, 2020, Governor Baker issued Executive Order No. 17 as part of his continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order suspends or tolls deadlines related to permits being sought or pending before state permit agencies that report to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, such as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, which could include developments being planned under G.L. c. 40B.
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Tax Credits Offered to Employees Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) was signed into law on March 18, The Act authorizes certain relief to businesses pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, including tax credits to employers to help offset the cost of wages to employees taking time off under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.
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Massachusetts Adopts Emergency Regulations for Unemployment Insurance to Address the Impact of COVID-19

Due to the widespread economic impact of COVID-19 on Massachusetts businesses and employees alike, the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) published emergency regulations to address the onslaught of new claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure more flexibility in providing prompt financial assistance to employees unable to work due to COVID-19 and to extend the time period during which employers must file reports and remit payments to the DUA. This alert highlights important changes to the UI scheme in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Read more…

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Unlocking Hidden Tax Savings Through Real Estate Tax Abatements

Benjamin Franklin stated, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But that doesn’t mean that the taxes levied can’t be challenged.

It is a common misconception that tax abatements are only available when new structures are being built. In fact, owners and users of existing properties, such as offices, warehouses, retail shopping outlets, hotels, nursing homes and multi-family residential units, also have the opportunity to achieve substantial tax refunds or savings through the abatement process. Similar opportunities exist for the reduction of personal property taxes levied upon equipment and other items used in operating businesses and real estate. Many people also do not realize that real estate tax abatements can be achieved by tenants who pay more than one-half of the annual tax levy.

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Recent Changes to Massachusetts Cannabis Regulations

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently released final revised recreational-use regulations, following a lengthy public hearing and comment review process.  The revised regulations (Revised Rules) will take effect after they are filed with the Secretary of State.  Key elements of the Revised Rules include:

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Handling Requests for Time Off Under the BRAVE Act

In August of 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to Veteran’s Benefits, Rights, Appreciation, Validation and Enforcement, otherwise known as the BRAVE Act.

The BRAVE Act amended existing laws concerning Massachusetts veterans in a number of ways, some of which touch directly on the employer-employee relationship.

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Courtney Simmons Volunteers With The Food Project Through BBA Environmental Law Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

On September 21, Courtney Simmons volunteered at The Food Project’s West Cottage Farm in Dorchester, MA as part of a Boston Bar Association (BBA) Environmental Law Pro Bono and Public Service Committee community service event. Courtney and fellow volunteers collaborated with local youth to complete a variety of hands-on farming tasks, including planting, weeding and harvesting.

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September 30th Deadline for Submitting Pay Data to EEOC as Part of EEO-1 Report

Employers with at least 100 employees – or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in federal government contracts – have a deadline of September 30, 2019 to file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) a revised EEO-1 Report incorporating payroll data. The EEO-1 Report, which these employers must file annually, is a compliance survey that requires company employment data categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category.

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Tamsin Kaplan Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law” List

Davis Malm is pleased to announce that shareholder Tamsin Kaplan has been selected to the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2019 “Top Women of Law” list. This highly coveted honor is presented to exceptional lawyers who are recognizable pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in their respective legal fields. Ms. Kaplan and the other award recipients will be honored at a reception on November 7, 2019 in Boston.

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Davis Malm Celebrates 40th Anniversary as a Prominent Boston Law Firm With New Brand and Website

Davis Malm is pleased to unveil a new brand and website to represent the firm’s approach to servicing clients efficiently and creatively, and with the agility necessary to handle any issue. The rebranding coincides with Davis Malm’s 40th anniversary, which the firm celebrated on May 1, 2019.

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