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New Regulations for Community Health Workers in Massachusetts posted on Sep 19

Regulations for community health care workers in Massachusetts were recently released in Massachusetts Register #1368 and codified in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations at 272 CMR 1-9.   The regulations ” govern the certification and practice of Certified Community Health Workers in Massachusetts by establishing the scope of practice and standards   …Continue Reading New Regulations for Community Health Workers in Massachusetts

How well do you know the boating laws?

How well do you know the boating laws? posted on Jul 25

During the warm summer months, boating is a favorite activity for many people.   There are several laws and rules that must be observed when watercraft are in use.  The Trial Court law libraries have produced a new law about page on recreational boating where you   …Continue Reading How well do you know the boating laws?

Privacy protection of health insurance information posted on Jun 28

An Act to Protect Access to Confidential Healthcare (known as the “PATCH Act“) was recently passed in Massachusetts.  Its purpose is to protect the privacy of health insurance information.  Currently health insurance companies send a summary or “explanation of benefits” showing the type of health care services   …Continue Reading Privacy protection of health insurance information

Freedom of Information Day

Freedom of Information Day posted on Mar 16

National Freedom of Information Day is observed on March 16, 2018 to recognize the public’s right to information held by government agencies. Freedom of Information Day is an annual event held on the birthday of James Madison, one of our founding fathers. The Freedom of Information   …Continue Reading Freedom of Information Day

State Building Code- new 9th edition posted on Nov 6

The Massachusetts Board of Regulations and Standards has issued the 9th edition of the State Building Code (780 Code of Massachusetts Regulations).  It was published in Massachusetts Register #1350, and it became effective on October 20, 2017.  There is a concurrency period with the 8th edition from October 20,   …Continue Reading State Building Code- new 9th edition

Open Meeting Law Regulations Amended posted on Oct 23

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office issued amended open meeting law regulations that became effective on October 6, 2017.  (940 Code of Mass. Regulations 29)  The regulations were published in Massachusetts Register #1349, and they “will streamline, modernize, and clarify Open Meeting Law compliance while simultaneously sustaining the   …Continue Reading Open Meeting Law Regulations Amended

Court rules on right to access email account after death posted on Oct 19

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision this week regarding access to a decedent’s email.  The case of  Ajemian v. Yahoo arose after Robert Ajemian died in a bicycle accident and left no will.  His siblings were named the personal representatives of the estate,   …Continue Reading Court rules on right to access email account after death

Marijuana law approved posted on Aug 14

Since Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question legalizing recreational use of marijuana in 2016, the State legislature has been working on rewriting the marijuana laws.  A major amendment was signed into law on July 28, 2017.  The legislation is called “An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana.” (Chapter 55 of the Acts of   …Continue Reading Marijuana law approved

Pregnant workers gain more protections in Massachusetts posted on Aug 8

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was signed into law by Governor Baker on July 27, 2017.  Chapter 54 of the Acts of 2017  grants more protections against discrimination to pregnant workers in Massachusetts.   Specifically the law prohibits an employer from denying a reasonable request for   …Continue Reading Pregnant workers gain more protections in Massachusetts

US Supreme Court Nominee Process posted on Mar 13

The US Constitution states that the President nominates the judges of the US Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the US Senate (Article 2, section 2, clause 2).  After the recent nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court by President Trump,   …Continue Reading US Supreme Court Nominee Process