Information for Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) (“FFCRA”), which includes a number of important provisions changing the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in significant ways as related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act, which takes effect April 1 and expire...
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State and Federal COVID-19 Resources

March 25, 2020
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Beck Reed Riden LLP is gathering resources on recent state and federal action in response to the spread of COVID-19. Below are some recent updates. Federal government enacts legislation regarding COVID-19 affecting employment (March 18): Congress passed and the President signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Cor...
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Phone Call to Employer to Enforce Noncompete Agreement Leads to Lawsuit

An employer accused of trying to have its former employee fired from her new job faces a lawsuit for defamation and tortious interference. In Eaton v. Veterans Inc., Laurel Eaton filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts against her former employer, Veterans Inc. In her lawsuit, Ms...
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A Shakeup in Copyright Law: Ninth Circuit Signals Swift Shift in Music IP Litigation

On Sunday, January 26th, the Recording Academy hosted its 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Dubbed “Music’s Biggest Night,” the GRAMMY Awards is a high-profile event dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievements in the music industry. Often absent from the spotlight, however, are those songwriters whose original works have...
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Russell Beck to Chair PLI Noncompete and Restrictive Covenants Program

Russell Beck will be the chairperson of Practising Law Institute's inaugural program on noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants. The program, which will be held in San Francisco, is titled "Noncompetes and Restrictive Covenants 2020: What Every Lawyer, Human Resources Professional, and Key Strategic Decisio...
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Hannah T. Joseph to Speak at BBA’s IP Year in Review

Hannah T. Joseph will be speaking on a panel about trade secrets at the Boston Bar Association’s 20th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review. The event will be held at the Boston Bar Association on January 23, 2020, from 12:00 to 5:45 p.m., with a reception to follow. More information is available here. The 20th...
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Hannah Joseph and Kyle Vieira Give Presentation on Electronic Discovery

On January 6, 2020, Hannah T. Joseph and Kyle Vieira gave a presentation at the Boston Bar Association on electronic discovery. The program was titled E-Discovery Basics: Who, What, Where, When, WHY! According to the description of the program, "E-Discovery has become a critical component to any litigation. This prog...
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Steve Riden Elected President of Boston College Law School Alumni Board

On November 1, 2019, Stephen Riden was elected President of the Board of Directors for the Boston College Law School Alumni Association. His one-year term as president began on January 1, 2020. The stated purpose of the BC Law Alumni Association is to "further the ideals and tradition of Boston College Law School thro...
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Russell Beck and Erika Hahn Featured in Law360 on Federal Noncompete Reform

Russell Beck and Erika Hahn's analysis of the misconceptions underlying various efforts to reform, and even ban, noncompete agreements was published by Law360 under the title, “Noncompete Misconceptions May Be Inhibiting Reform.” The full analysis is also available (without subscription) at Fair Competition Law as "Fe...
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Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Russell Beck, Stephen Reed, Stephen Riden, and Barry Guryan have been recognized as Super Lawyers by the 2019 issue of Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine. In addition, Nicole Daly and Hannah Joseph have been recognized as Rising Stars by the Magazine. Super Lawyers Magazine has also selected Russell Beck and Stephen R...
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A Conversation that Every Employer Should Have with Its eDiscovery Vendor

eDiscovery, which encompasses the collection, preservation, analysis, review, and production of electronically-stored information (ESI), is a necessary and often critical component of litigation. Indeed, eDiscovery is not only expected in most cases, but can also determine litigation strategy and outcomes. Given the she...
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Russell Beck and Erika Hahn Analyze Noncompete Law in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Russell Beck and Erika Hahn's article analyzing how the “new” Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act deals with the issue of consideration was published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly under the title, "The New Noncompete Law: Compromise Happens." The analysis focuses on how the Commonwealth's noncompete reform la...
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Department of Labor’s Final Rule on Overtime Raises Minimum Salary Level to $35,568

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule significantly increasing the minimum salary level for the “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Absent a legal challenge, the new threshold will be effective on January 1, 2020. Under the final rule, the minimum sala...
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