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The Entwistle Trial

by Lee Gesmer on June 13, 2008

I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a link to the Boston Herald blog on the Entwistle case, which is being tried in Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts. The case has attracted international attention due to the horrific and gruesome facts of the case, and that the defendant, who is accused of the cold-blooded murder of his wife and infant daugher, is British. The Boston Herald is “live blogging” this trial.… Read the full article

Important, If True …

by Lee Gesmer on June 11, 2008

The Massachusetts employment bar is abuzz with word that a Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Commissioner has publically stated that the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) will apply to new parents of either sex. This means that new fathers would be entitled to eight weeks of unpaid leave upon the birth or adoption of their child. (The MMLA applies to employers with six or more employees).

This all unfolded in a strange manner, to say the very least. There has been no formal written announcement. The MCAD online regs have not been changed to include fathers. The underlying statute still refers only to “female employees”, and makes no mention of fathers. There has been no formal press release or request for comment or feedback from the Massachusetts business community. Legislation by adminstrative fiat.

Apparently, the MCAD Commissioner announced this at a speaking event at a law firm in Boston in early June.… Read the full article

See Xconomy article here for details. Quoting from the article:

Employee Non-Compete Agreements: Protecting Innovation or Stifling It?

Thursday, June 19th, 3:00-7:00 pm

Ames Courtroom, 2nd floor of Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

There will be a panel discussion, followed by a cocktail reception. Anyone is free to attend. You just have to register by June 12 (a week before the event) by emailing your name, title and company to Amar Ashar at the Berkman Center: ashar@cyber.law.harvard.edu.

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