Month: December 2020

Employment Law Alert: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Goes into Effect on January 1, 2021

Given the tumultuous nature of 2020, Mass Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) may have not surprisingly flown under the radar for many employers. However, starting on January 1st, most of PFML goes into effect. RIW’s prior client alerts summarize the PFML as well as employer’s obligations. Further information published by the Department of Family…

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POSTED IN: Employment Law, News

Client Alert: Congress Appropriations Bill Expands Paycheck Protection Program

Following weeks of negotiation, Congress passed the 5,593 page Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”) in the late hours December 21, 2020, that, in part, allocates approximately $900 billion towards emergency coronavirus relief and effectively extends and expands the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) and existing unemployment assistance programs.  A copy of the Act can…

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POSTED IN: COVID-19, Hospitality Practice Group, News

COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Employment Setting

Over the last week, the United States saw a heartening advancement in the COVID-19 situation: the distribution and administration of a vaccine.  This exciting development suggests a return to “normal” may, in fact, be on the horizon.  At the same time, many questions remain concerning the COVID-19 vaccination in the employment context.  Can an employer…

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POSTED IN: COVID-19, Employment Law, News

Client Alert: Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Construction Law Group Wins $5 million Judgment for its Client Under Massachusetts Prompt Payment Law

RIW Construction Law attorneys Bradley Croft, Kirk McCormick and Roger Smerage secured summary judgment for RIW’s client under a seldom-used law known as the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act. In a case of first impression in Massachusetts, the superior court granted summary judgment in favor of RIW’s client, a general contractor, in a dispute arising over…

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POSTED IN: Articles & Quotes, Commercial Real Estate, Construction Law, Litigation, News

Client Alert: Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Client Braintree Street Realty LLC Files PNF for Review of 401,000 sq ft. mixed-use Allston Project

RIW is proud to have been part of the team that helped move such a significant community project to this important stage. Lead attorneys for RIW, Michael Rosen and Russell Stein, view this project as an important step forward in the continuing successful development of the Boston Landing neighborhood. Read the full story here. Michael…

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POSTED IN: Articles & Quotes, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate & Business, News

Adam G. Gutbezahl Joins Ruberto, Israel & Weiner’s Litigation Department

RIW is pleased to announce that Adam G. Gutbezahl has joined the firm as an associate in our Litigation Department. Adam represents both individuals and businesses in a wide variety of litigation matters, including complex commercial, employment, construction and real-estate disputes. Adam also regularly counsels clients in other litigation areas, including civil rights violations, class…

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POSTED IN: Litigation, News

Client Alert: New Amazon Distribution Facility

Congratulations to Ruberto, Israel & Weiner client, Ozzy Properties, on the successful closing of the sale of a portion of Osgood Landing to Hillwood Development for the development of an Amazon distribution facility. Ozzy will continue to own and operate a 400,000 square foot commercial office complex and 6 MW solar project at the location….

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POSTED IN: Commercial Real Estate, News

Client Alert: Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Client Grandis Homes LLC Breaks Ground on Timber Crest Estates and Kingsbury Village

Congratulations to RIW client Grandis Homes LLC for breaking ground on Timber Crest Estates and Kingsbury Village in Medway, Massachusetts.  Once completed, Timber Crest Estates and Kingsbury Village will consist of 136 single-family homes, clustered throughout a 170-acre development site in Medway. Attorney Christopher Agostino was lead counsel for Grandis Homes throughout the permitting process. …

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POSTED IN: Commercial Real Estate, News

Happy Holidays from Ruberto, Israel & Weiner

To our clients, friends, and colleagues, In these times of distancing and separation, we can still be together in spirit to support one another. This holiday season, RIW has made gifts to the following organizations which are making a difference in the lives of those most affected: Behind You The Greater Boston Food Bank Restaurant…

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POSTED IN: News