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Client Alert: Boston’s Construction Site Best Practices for COVID-19: A Glimpse of ‘Business As Usual’ Post COVID-19

As the initial shock of COVID-19 has just begun to fade, many in the business world are contemplating the post-coronavirus workplace. What will “business as usual” look like after federal, state, and local agencies lift stay-at-home orders and other social distance mandates? That question has been answered, at least with respect to construction projects in…

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Client Alert: Governor Baker Signs Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency

On April 20, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an act which adopts protections relating to evictions and foreclosures. The Act addresses three main topics: Commercial Evictions, Residential Evictions, and Foreclosures. Key provisions of the Act provide for the following:   Definitions – “Non-essential eviction”, an eviction: (i) for non-payment of rent; (ii) resulting…

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RIW Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Clients and Friends: As developments continue to unfold regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), RIW’s top priority remains the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community. We are following the guidance of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and local health officials. We will adapt as necessary. RIW continues to serve client…

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Client Alert: Governor Signs Bill to Provide Permitting Relief for Communities and Applicants

On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an emergency bill into law which covers a comprehensive set of topics to address challenges facing municipalities and state agencies. Section 17 of House No. 4617 specifically addresses extending certain deadlines applicable to municipalities as well as applicants with respect to the permitting and approval process. Key…

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Client Alert: Emergency Bill Authorizes Take-Out and Delivery of Beer/Wine for Licensed Massachusetts Restaurants

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On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an emergency bill into law allowing take-out and delivery of beer/wine for licensed restaurants in Massachusetts. The authorization applies to any restaurant which currently holds a valid “all alcoholic beverages” or “malt and wine beverages” license approved by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and issued by the…

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CARES Act: Assistance for Small Businesses

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (“CARES”) Act (the “Act”), as approved by the Senate on March 26, 2020, and the House on March 27, 2020. This article is intended to focus on those provisions of Phase 3 of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package relative to the…

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Client Alert: Department of Labor Guidance and Workplace Poster on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Since the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act” or “FFCRA”), the Department of Labor has issued guidance regarding the Act as well as a mandatory workplace notice that employers must provide to employees.  How to Comply with the Mandatory Notice Requirement  Each covered employer can…

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Restaurant Industry Discussion on Legal & Business Issues Related to COVID-19 Outbreak – Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the Restaurant Industry Discussion on Legal & Business Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020. These are challenging times and we hope it was useful. If you have any questions related to the subjects discussed in the webinar, or if…

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Massachusetts Construction Projects: Full Steam Ahead?

Governor Baker Seems to Overturn COVID-19 Municipal Construction Work Stoppages in the Commonwealth, But Mayor Walsh Balks In the fast-moving environment of “Can v. Can’t” and “Do v. Don’t” resulting from COVID-19 and governmental shutdowns, it is a challenge to keep track of what business activities are permitted to continue and who can perform them….

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Client Alert: Legislation Would Create National Remote Online Notarization Standards

In an effort to mitigate the significant harm to commerce caused by COVID-19, several organizations including the American Land Title Association (“ALTA”), the Mortgage Bankers Association (“MBA”), and the National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) are rallying around the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 (the “SECURE Notarization Act”) to…

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