Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Start January 1, 2021

Starting January 1, 2021, most of the benefits established by the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (“PFML”) become available to employees who work in the state. Specifically, as of that date, an eligible employee taking leave for any of the following reasons can receive pay during leave, which is offered b...
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Will Employers Always be Required to Permit Teleworking?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees when such accommodations are needed to permit employees to perform the “essential functions” of their jobs. However, an employee who cannot perform the essential functions of a job, with or without an accom...
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Nicole Gage and Jillian Carson Giving Presentation About Intellectual Property

On October 2, 2020, Nicole Gage and Jillian Carson will be panelists for a Boston Bar Association presentation titled "Introduction to Intellectual Property." The goal of the presentation is to provide an overview and introduction to the various types of intellectual property for new lawyers and law students. This pres...
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Russell Beck Presenting on Employee Mobility in the Pandemic Era

On September 23, 2020, Russell Beck will give a presentation titled: "Employee Mobility, Non-Competes, and NDAs: Protecting Trade Secrets and Customer Relationships in the Pandemic Era."  The complimentary webinar, presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), will take place on Wednesday, Septemb...
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Bob Shea to Speak About Returning High Risk Employees to Work

Bob Shea will appear on a panel of experts assembled by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly titled "Legal Aspects of Returning High Risk Employees to Work." The free event will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 10 a.m. ET on Zoom. More information and registration is available here. Anyone who is unable to attend the liv...
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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Tracking Hours of Employees Working Remotely

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a tremendous rise in the number of employees working remotely. Also, many employees are spending parts of their “normal workday” on non-work matters, such as tending to childcare responsibilities and, as the school year starts, supporting remote schooling and/or modified school sched...
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Russell Beck and Hannah Joseph in the Boston Bar Journal on Protecting Trade Secrets

Russell Beck and Hannah Joseph's article about strategies to protect trade secrets while office employees are largely working from home was recently published by the Boston Bar Journal. Their article, titled "Protecting Trade Secrets During (and After) a Global Pandemic: Practical Tips for Employers" provides practica...
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Mid-Year Trade Secret Case Roundup and Legislative Updates

There have been several significant trade secret cases this year. In their "Trade Secrets - Annual Year in Review (2020)," which was accepted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association for its Virtual Annual Meeting, Russell Beck and Hannah Joseph summarize some of the key case holdings and legislative develop...
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Beck Reed Riden LLP Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List

Beck Reed Riden LLP is pleased to announce that five of its lawyers have been named to the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers, and one of its lawyers was included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Russell Beck, Stephen Reed, Stephen Riden, Nicole Daly, and Bob Shea were named to the 2021 Best Lawyers in America list in the foll...
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Beck Reed Riden LLP in Law360 for Preliminary Injunction Win

An article in Law360 higlights Beck Reed Riden LLP's success in defeating a bid to enforce a noncompete agreement. The article is titled "Facebook Beats AI Startup's Bid To Shield Trade Secrets." The article summarizes a decision by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts: An artificial i...
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Unauthorized Acts by Shareholder Leads to Judgment in Close Corporation Dispute

A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court decision about a close corporation dispute illustrates the challenges that can arise when there is a conflict among a small group of investors. Being part of a company with a small number of investors or a family-owned business can be a great experience. These companies – known as “c...
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Russell Beck Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly on Trade Secrets Decision

A recent issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly features Russell Beck in an article titled “Trade Secret Misappropriation Judgment Reversed.” The article covers a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturning a lower court's decision concerning allegations that the plaintiff's former...
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Russell Beck and Erika Hahn in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on Protecting Trade Secrets

Russell Beck and Erika Hahn's article about strategies to protect trade secrets while office employees are largely working from home was recently published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Their article, titled "Protecting trade secrets during and after stay-at-home orders," provides practical steps for establishing a...
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General Counsel News Features Russell Beck’s Article About Protecting Trade Secrets

A recent post from General Counsel News features Russell Beck's article about protecting trade secrets in the current workplace environment. The post quotes Russell's reminder to employers that trade secrets are vulnerable when work shifts from offices to homes: “The ability to protect trade secrets (and other legiti...
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Bob Shea to Moderate Panel on Massachusetts Wage Act

Bob Shea will moderate a panel at the Massachusetts Bar Association titled "Massachusetts Wage Act: Treble Your Knowledge." Bob serves on the Massachusetts Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Council. The panel will be co-moderated by Michelle De Oliveira of Kenney & Sams. The free event will be held on M...
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CNBC Cites Beck Reed Riden LLP’s Noncompete Survey

A recent article from CNBC relies in part on Beck Reed Riden LLP’s 50 State Noncompete Survey. The article focuses on a lawsuit filed by Amazon against one of its former employees who started working for Google. In the lawsut, filed in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, Amazon contends that its former Vice P...
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