Category: At Your Service

At Your Service Newsletter: September 2018

In this issue on the RIW At Your Service Newsletter: Upcoming Industry Events Articles: – Ten Considerations When Negotiating Your Restaurant Construction Contract – Client Alert: Updates Coming to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Marketing Corner Industry Trends/News Client News Events & Participation Check out the full At Your Service Newsletter: September 2018 Edition

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Client Alert: Updates Coming to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

On September 5, 2018 the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) held an outreach seminar with attorneys and municipal counsel to discuss new rules and procedures covering retail license applications, annual renewals, website updates, and more.  Information was provided by Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and ABCC leadership, including: Commissioner Jean Lorizio, Executive Director Ralph…

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Ten Considerations When Negotiating Your Restaurant Construction Contract

Opening a restaurant is an exciting time, but an owner must take care while negotiating the construction contract to protect itself and anticipate the key issues that may arise during the project. Below are ten issues to consider when drafting and negotiating your construction contract. 1. Avoid cost-plus contracts. Cost-plus contracts should be avoided for…

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At Your Service Newsletter: April 2018

At Your Service Newsletter: April 2018

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Alcohol Licensing: Legal Updates and Insights

There have been several recent developments in the alcoholic beverages industry which affect regulatory oversight, restaurant operations, new liquor licenses, and more. Here is a rundown of the latest developments. Budget Increase Requested for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg requested a $3.69MM budget for fiscal 2019, an increase from $2.44MM…

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Employment Alert: New Assessments from Department of Unemployment Assistance

If your company has more than five employees with health insurance from Masshealth or Connect Care, you should be aware of new assessments levied by the state. Last week, many employers received a new bill from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (“DUA”), which implemented the first assessments under the supplemental employer medical assistance contribution program (“EMAC”)….

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Same Name, Different Place: Avoiding Trademark Problems & Adding Value to your Business

Whether you are starting up a business, expanding, or just progressing with your current business, taking care of your brand is vitally important.  Your trademark represents your identity with consumers, the goodwill of your business, and is a valuable asset in your company portfolio. There are a few strategies to consider which can help you…

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At Your Service Newsletter: December 2017

At Your Service Newsletter: December 2017

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At Your Service Newsletter: August 2017

At Your Service Newsletter: August 2017

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New Massachusetts DOR Enforcement Effort

Enhanced Scrutiny for Underreporting of Cash Receipts  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has recently begun cross-checking 1099-K credit card receipt information against total reported revenue in order to investigate and uncover potential underreporting of cash receipts and thus potential underpayment of sales and/or income tax.  After estimating potential cash income based on credit card…

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