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An Environmental Closure By Another Name May Not Sound As Sweet

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection promulgated revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan in the spring of last year.  One of the changes made to the clean-up regulations was to change the terms used for the filings made to “close-out” a site from “Response Action Outcome” statements (or RAOs) to Permanent Solutions or Temporary Solutions.  […]

The Future of Our Transportation Infrastructure and the Impact on Real Estate and Economic Development

The arrival of Spring brings to an end one of the most difficult winters in history here in Boston, where we managed to surpass the highest recorded snowfall in history for the 2014-2015 season.  It was also a ridiculously cold winter.  As many know, the snow and cold temperatures have taken a huge toll on […]

Avoiding Wage and Hour Lawsuits

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has released its annual report on the number and types of lawsuits filed in the last year, and, once again, employee lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are among the most frequently filed actions. In all, 8,160 new FLSA lawsuits were initiated in 2014 alleging that […]

Subcontractors usually cannot look to the Government for payment

A decision issued last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provides a painful reminder to subcontractors on U.S. Government contracts that their client is the prime contractor, not the Government, and that the prime contractor is the party that subcontractors have to look to for payment. In the case, G4S […]

Government claims under wage and hour laws are not going away.

On February 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the following enforcement statistics on its blog: During fiscal year 2014, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigations found more than $240 million owed to more than 270,000 workers whose employers violated the law and didn’t pay them the wages they had rightfully earned. […]