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Noncompetition Agreements for Employers and Employees: Striking a Balance

September 3, 2019 8:00 am Published by Stephen M. Roche

Last year, Massachusetts reformed the law by passing the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (Mass General Laws c. 149 §24L) Do you know whether your current practice adheres to the new law? Here’s what you need to know:

Noncompete agreements are designed to help employers protect valuable information from leaking when employees leave. Because these agreements restrict an employee’s ability to seek other employment, a balance must be struck that protects the needs of both parties. That’s the goal of the new Massachusetts law.

Whether employers require employees to sign noncompetition agreements varies from industry to industry. Before you consider implementing such a hiring policy, you should assess your business to determine if such an agreement ...

So You Want to Officiate at a Wedding: How to Get a One-Day Designation Certificate in Massachusetts

June 7, 2018 10:28 am Published by Robin A. DeAugustinis

Ah, June, one of the most popular months for weddings. A couple of years ago, I attended a memorable wedding at a beautiful ocean-side setting in a neighboring state. To my surprise, the person officiating at the ceremony was the groom’s aunt. I asked if she had become a Justice of the Peace or a minister since I last saw her. No, she replied, she had obtained a temporary license to solemnize the marriage. It was quite touching that she knew the couple so well, and her presentation was heart-felt.

Massachusetts offers One-Day Designation Certificates to private individuals who want to officiate at a wedding ceremony in the Commonwealth. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 207, Section 39, “the governor ...