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Massachusetts Parole Board updates regulations Posted on Feb 27

In 2016 the Massachusetts Parole Board proposed several revisions to their regulations.  (120 Code of Mass. Regulations 100-900)  The public was invited to submit written comments and/or attend a hearing on August 18, 2016.   The final version of the regulations were published in Massachusetts Register #1330 dated January 13,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Parole Board updates regulations

Duck boat bill signed to improve safety Posted on Dec 14

Tour companies offering sight-seeing via amphibious vehicles, commonly known as duck boats, are required to add safety features and regulations while tourists are aboard and traveling on public thoroughfares. Signed by Governor Charlie Baker last Thursday, December 8, the new law requires the vehicles, based   …Continue Reading Duck boat bill signed to improve safety

Early Voting in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 7

New regulations relating to early voting in Massachusetts became effective on August 26, 2016, in time for the 2016 fall elections. The regulations implement the requirements set forth in General Laws Chapter 54, Section 25B, “Early voting; application for early voting ballots; early voting period, sites and lists; counting of   …Continue Reading Early Voting in Massachusetts

Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms Posted on Jul 18

On April 14, 2016 a Superior Court judge ruled in Federal Concrete, Inc. v. Executive Office of Administration & Finance et al. No. 1684CV00627 to grant an injunction to remove the minority classification for Portuguese-owned businesses in Massachusetts. According to the Operational Service Division (OSD)   …Continue Reading Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms

Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule Posted on Jun 29

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR” or “Rule”). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services; and clarify certain provisions of the   …Continue Reading Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule

Final Regulations for Daily Fantasy Sports in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 1

On Friday, March 25, 2016 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the finalization of the regulations on Daily Fantasy Sports Contest Operators in Massachusetts. The games comply with and don’t violate Massachusetts law according to Attorney General Healey.  However, there still needs a basic set of operating rules,   …Continue Reading Final Regulations for Daily Fantasy Sports in Massachusetts

Gun Trust Rule Change Posted on Mar 18

Earlier this year the US Department of Justice amended the federal firearm regulations (27 Code of Federal Regulations 479).   In particular, the new regulations add the definition of “responsible person” covering unlicensed entities and which is defined in part as “In the case of a trust, those persons with the power   …Continue Reading Gun Trust Rule Change

Sex Offender Classification Regulations Revised Posted on Feb 16

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board has revised the classification regulations for sex offenders.  (803 Code of Mass. Regulations 1.00)  The regulations set forth the guidelines used by the Board to determine if a person has to register as a sex offender, the offender’s level of risk   …Continue Reading Sex Offender Classification Regulations Revised

Is your sick leave policy ready for the new year? Posted on Dec 28

The new Sick Time law that went into effect on July 1, 2015 gave employers with pre-existing paid leave policies a “Safe Harbor” grace period in which to bring their policies into compliance.  That grace period, found in 940 CMR 33.03, ends on December 31, 2015.   …Continue Reading Is your sick leave policy ready for the new year?

Hoping to Get a Drone This Year? Posted on Dec 17

Hoping to Get a Drone This Year?

You should know about new regulations for drones (80 FR 78594-78648) that the Federal Aviation Administration has recently announced.  Owners of small unmanned aircrafts (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must register no later than February 19, 2016. “Owners of any other UAS   …Continue Reading Hoping to Get a Drone This Year?