Monthly Archives: August 2012

Reports Show Continuing Improvement in Retail, Residential Real Estate

Citing a report from Jones Lang LaSalle, the Boston Business Journal reports that the retail real estate sector continues to stabilize.  Although rents nationally continued to decline by 1.7 percent, this was an improvement of .5 percent in the second … Continue reading

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A Gentle Reminder About Proper Workforce Classification

Contractors and Employers Beware:  Misclassification of employees as independent contractors can be expensive.  G.L. c. 149, §148B establishes the standard for determining whether an individual performing services for another should be classified as an employee or independent contractor.  Section 148B provides … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Permit Extension Act Extended

As an update to our previous post, the Jobs Bill signed by Governor Patrick this week amended the Permit Extension Act by adding two additional years to both the tolling period and the expiration period for state and local land … Continue reading

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Contractual Waiver of Right to Claim Against Payment Bond Is Not Enforceable

The Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that a contract provision waiving the subcontractor’s right to file a claim against the general contractor’s payment bond is not enforceable.  In John J. Costa v. Brait Builders Corp., 2012 WL 3084656 (Mass. 2012), … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Vote on Southborough Zoning Overhaul Delayed to January Special Town Meeting

As an update to our previous posts here and here, the MetroWest Daily News is reporting that the Town of Southborough has pushed out a vote on the pending zoning overhaul from October to a special Town Meeting in January.  … Continue reading

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