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Levine-Piro Law, P.C. is proud to announce that four attorneys of the firm (Melissa Levine-Piro, Katie (Kathleen) Murphy, Christine Boutin and Amanda Castro) were all named top 2021 attorneys by Boston Magazine. Only 1,099 attorneys were chosen. To read more on the selection process and see other attorneys who made the list, please click the...
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MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Starts January 1, 2021 By Christopher Wurster, Esq.  2021 is a great year to be an employee in Massachusetts because on January 1, 2021, employees can begin accessing paid leave under the new MA Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law. Under PFML, employees can take leave to take...
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ALIMONY AND THE COMMON HOUSEHOLD ARGUMENT By Jessica L. Peterson, legal intern Is your ex-spouse trying to suspend, reduce, or terminate alimony payments owed to you because you live with someone else or with someone new? Have you been living with another person continuously for more than three months? If so, your ex-spouse might be...
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SUPREME COURT EXTENDS WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION PROTECTION TO LGBTQ COMMUNITY Did you know Massachusetts was the second state to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation? Following the state of Wisconsin, Massachusetts amended its anti-discrimination statute to protect an individual’s sexual orientation in the public and private employment sector. In 2011, gender identity was also...
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 Massachusetts Court Rules Divorcing Couples Can Disparage Each Other All They Want By Melissa Levine-Piro   In a somewhat surprising decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Court held that divorcing couples have the right to disparage each other, including on social media.  Prior to this order, it was not uncommon for family court...
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Violence Against Women Act to Expire? …. Again? Did you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness month? Domestic Violence is still so prevalent in our society. Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted by a current or ex significant other. Its estimated that 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence...
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After years of bouncing around non-compete reform legislation, Massachusetts has finally passed it. The new law will take effect on October 1, 2018 and includes sweeping restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts. A non-competition or non-compete agreement is a contract between an employer and an employee in which the employee agrees that...
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Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Class Action Suits by Employees  By: Christopher Wurster, Esq. In a decision that will have major real-world consequences for private sector employees, the Supreme Court ruled today that employers can require their employees to sign class action waivers in arbitration agreements. While that sounds technical, it will affect about...
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I Have a Will – Does This Mean I Can Avoid Probate? While much of the law is a gray area far from black and white, the answer to this question is most definitely “NO”.  The very purpose of a Will is to enter an estate into probate. Sometimes, I think that the probate process...
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Last week the House passed a bill (the “ADA Education and Reform Act,” or, “the bill”), which cuts provisions of the American with Disabilities Acts (ADA).  The ADA provides strict requirements for businesses to accommodate those individuals who fall under the ADA.  Should a business fail to comply with the ADA, individuals may sue the...
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