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Author Archives: Kris Olson

No fiduciary duty owed to IRA beneficiary

SANKT MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 16, 2018: UBS swiss bank sign

The commercial custodian of non-discretionary individual retirement accounts did not owe a fiduciary duty to a named beneficiary of those accounts, but the beneficiary could maintain a suit under the consumer protection statute, G.L.c. 93A, by credibly alleging that the ...

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Court refines guidance on vacations, medical leave

Chaise lounge and umbrella on sand beach.

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court in a recent decision refined its guidance for employers trying to assess whether a vacationing employee is abusing medical leave, practitioners say. DaPrato v. Massachusetts Water Resources Authority also reaffirms that a mistaken “honest belief” that ...

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Juries warming to bias, retaliation claims

January 20, 2018 San Francisco / CA / USA - Sign displaying the #metoo and #timesup message raised at the Women's March

Prior to 2017, the number of million-dollar verdicts in employment discrimination and retaliation cases in Massachusetts over the previous two decades could more or less be counted on one hand, according to plaintiffs’ attorney Elizabeth A. Rodgers. Then, the floodgates ...

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