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For nearly 100 years, Mirick O’Connell has provided real estate advice to individuals, institutions and businesses in Central Massachusetts and throughout New England. Our Real Estate and Environmental Law attorneys have the expertise needed to economically handle complex real estate matters to that protect our clients' real estate investments.

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Todd K. Helwig

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Jonathan Sigel quoted in Boston.com, "What benefits are required for summer employees?"

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PODCAST: Commercial Leases and COVID

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David McCay quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, "SJC to weigh local zoning of solar energy facilities"

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Amanda Baer quoted in UNLEASH article, "Should employers cut sick pay for the unvaccinated?"

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Worcester Business Journal Recognizes Mirick O'Connell as "Best Law Firm" for Business

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Happy New Year from Mirick O'Connell

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e-Alert: Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave - Benefits Extended

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e-Alert: Should Employers Consider Surcharges for Unvaccinated Workers?

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Amanda Baer was quoted in Ragan's Workplace Wellness Insider article "5 Issues Every Organization Should Consider in Planning Their Return to Work

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Dave McCay interviewed by Go Green Radio, "PFAS in Your Water? You Have Rights"

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e-Alert: Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave - Updated Guidance and Resources

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Amanda Baer will be on Worcester County Bar Association panel "Maximizing your Remote Stenography and Videography Services now and Post-Pandemic"

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e-Alert: Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave - Employer Guidance

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Reid Wakefield quoted in Forbes article "What the EEOC's Updated Covid Guidelines Mean for Business Leaders"

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Amanda Baer interviewed by Spectrum News 1 "Back to the Office: What Employers and Employees Can Expect with a Return to Work"

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Amanda Baer quoted in Workest by Zenefits article "Can Small Businesses require COVID Vaccines in the Workplace?"

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Brian Casaceli quoted in LegalZoom "Vaccinations, Masks, and Small Business Rights"

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Reid Wakefield quoted in "How Do US Laws Protect LGBTQ Homebuyers From Discrimination"

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Best Lawyers release the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in New England

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Kim Rozak quoted in Telegram, "Can employers mandate vaccine? Experts discuss strategies to maintain workforce health and safety in the era of COVID-19"

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Lisa Neeley Prevails - SJC Rules House in Nominee Trust Not a Countable Asset for MassHealth

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James Donnelly and Chris Collins to co-chair MBA 18th Annual In-House Counsel Conference: The New (Not So) Normal

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David Surprenant was quoted in Telegram & Gazette article "Mirick O'Connell signs 10-year lease renewal with Mercantile Center in downtown Worcester"

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Mirick O'Connell Wins First Place for Law Firms in Worcester Business Journal Best of Business

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Stephen Madaus quoted in Telegram & Gazette article "Worcester school bus hub and conservation land are part of plans for former Allegro property"

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Stephen Madaus quoted in Telegram & Gazette article "Amazon revealed as proposed tenant for Greendale Mall redevelopment project"

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28 Mirick O'Connell Attorneys Named to 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List

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PODCAST: Mirick O'Connell attorneys discuss Remembering RBGT: Her Life and Legacy

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Brian Falk Named Partner

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e-Alert: Federal Court in New York Strikes Down Parts of the Department of Labor's Regulations Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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e-Alert: COVID-19: OSHA's Updated Guidance - Face Masks in the Workplace/ United States Supreme Court Issues Historic Decision Protecting LGBT Workers from Employment Discrimination

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PODCAST: Reid Wakefield discusses Fair Housing and Housing Discrimination in Massachusetts | Recorded 6.10.20

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e-Alert: A Trap for the Unwary: A Furlough May Compromise Your Non-Compete Agreement

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e-Alert: New PPP Flexibility Act Extends Forgiveness Period and Maturity Date Among other Benefits

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We Stand in Solidarity: A message to our clients and our community.

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PODCAST: Brian Casaceli is joined by Stephen Graham of CEA to discuss reopening your business or building operations while minimizing the risk of becoming a COVID-19 Hot Spot | Recorded 6.2.20

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e-Alert: Update on COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Enforcement by OSHA and the Massachusetts Attorney General

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Webinar: Reopening Massachusetts What Employers Need to Know About Phase 1: Start

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PODCAST: Bob Kilroy discusses issues employers may face upon re-entry into the workplace during the COVID-19 Pandemic | Recorded 5.15.20

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E-Alert: Considerations for Employers Resuming On-Site Operations During COVID-19

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e-Alert: Treasury Department issues New Guidance on "Necessity" Certification for PPP Loan Recipients

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PODCAST: Jonathan Sigel discusses re-entry into the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic

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PODCAST: Rich Van Nostrand discusses Diversity & Inclusion

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PODCAST: Brian Falk discusses local government during the COVID-19 emergency.

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e-Alert: Governor Baker Signs New Municipal Relief Bill

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WEBINAR: Latest DOL Guidance regarding Families First Act

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PODCAST: Amanda Baer talks about the Emergency Sick Leave Act (3.25.20)

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e-Alert: Long-term Care and Estate Planning/ Coronavirus Impact on the Workplace/ Construction Industry

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Brian Falk quoted in Telegram, "Central Mass. draws interest as hub of marijuana business"

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Mirick O'Connell Ranked Largest Law Firm in Central MA

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Mirick O'Connell Voted Best Law Firm

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Mirick O'Connell Featured in Worcester Telegram

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Worcester Chamber Salutes Mirick O'Connell on 100 Years of Excellence

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Mirick O'Connell Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

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Mirick O'Connell Recognized as "Best Law Firm for Business" by the WBJ

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Court Lifts Stay on OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard Regarding COVID-19, OSHA Exercising Discretion in Enforcing ETS Until January 10

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OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) - Temporarily Blocked

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e-Alert: Should Employers Consider Surcharges for Unvaccinated Workers?

9/14/2021[ read full story ]

e-Alert: What Employers Need to Know about President Biden's "Path Out of the Pandemic" COVID-19 Action Plan

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COVID-19 Mandates in the Workplace

04/21/2021[ read full story ]

DOL Publishes Model Notices for COBRA Subsidies

4/9/2021[ read full story ]

Extension of 2020 Massachusetts Tax Return Filing and Payment

03/22/2021[ read full story ]

Extension of 2020 Federal Tax Return Filing and Payment

03/19/2021[ read full story ]

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Contains New COBRA Subsidies

03/16/2021

American Rescue Plan and Paid Leave: What Employers Need to Know

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Executive Order Loosens Open Meeting Law Requirements During Coronavirus Emergency

03/13/2020[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Attorneys to Speak at Massachusetts Bar Association 19th Annual In-House Counsel Conference: Avoiding Traps for the Unwary

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Spring Webinar Series: Workplace Investigations in Today's World

5/21/21[ read full story ]

Spring Webinar Series: Paid Family Medical Leave: Are We Having Fun Yet?

04/29/2021[ read full story ]

Spring Webinar Series: What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Act of 2021 and the anticipated MA COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

04/16/2021[ read full story ]

Spring Webinar Series: Should Employers Mandate Vaccinations and Mandate Remote Workers to Return to Working On Site?

03/31/2021[ read full story ]

Employment Conference 2020

04/16/2020[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell sponsors Safe Homes Gala & People Of Courage Awards

4/9/2021[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell participates in National Wear Red Day

2/6/2021[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell sponsors Worcester Chamber of Commerce 145th Annual Meeting

12/4/2020[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell sponsors Massachusetts Bar Association 2020 Annual Dinner

5/6/2020[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell sponsors the Worcester Regional Research Bureau 34th Annual Meeting

10/10/2019[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Sponsors Boroughs+ Economic Development Summit

01/26/2016[ read full story ]

Spencer Holland Published in Worcester Business Journal, "Key tips for an effective commercial lease"

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Bloomberg Law: Public Water Systems Finally Get Federal Help With PFAS by David McCay

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Combating COVID-19-Related Fraud Starts with Training Employees

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A Classic Distinction Between Legal Remedies and Equitable Remedies:  1st Circuit Overturns Decades-Old Precedent On Citizen Enforcement of Clean Water Act

The First Circuit recently overturned a thirty-one year old decision on citizen enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The now-overruled decision is North and South Rivers Watershed Ass’n v. Town of Scituate, 949 F.2d 552 (1st Cir. 1991), in …

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Municipal Law:  Supreme Court Lightens Up On Standard of Review for Certain Sign Bylaws

Recently, the Supreme Court addressed a challenge from two private entities related to the constitutionality of a sign bylaw (“Bylaw”) instituted by the City of Austin (“City”).  In City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising of Austin, LLC, et. al., …

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“A Trap for the Unwary:”  Bankruptcy Court Declares Debtor’s Homestead Deficient

In In re Luu, Danny Luu (the “Debtor”) argued that he had a homestead exemption in the amount of $324,960.00.  He argued that because he filed a homestead declaration on March 18, 2021—just two days prior to filing his Chapter …

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State’s Highest Court to Determine Scope of Dover Amendment Solar Protection in M.G.L. c. 40A

Last week, the SJC heard oral arguments for a case that is anticipated to potentially impact municipal zoning, specifically in the realm of solar energy projects.  The outcome of this case will either aid or inhibit a municipality’s ability to …

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Remote Public Meetings Authorized Through April of 2022; New Law Extends Additional COVID-19 Emergency Rules

Public bodies may continue to hold remote meetings through April of 2022 under new legislation enacted this week. The statute, Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021, authorizes a quorum of a board or committee to meet remotely and require remote …

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Municipal Permitting Timelines Resume on December 1

Effective December 1, municipal boards must follow the usual permitting deadlines following a COVID-19 statute enacted last week. Towns and cities had been operating under Section 17 of Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which tolled the deadlines for commencing …

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Important Update – The Impact of Coronavirus on the Construction Industry

Since our post on March 18, a lot has happened from both a health and regulatory standpoint as far as the impact from the outbreak of COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) on local and state construction practice.  Here is an update, as of …

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The Impact of Coronavirus on the Construction Industry

The outbreak of COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) has impacted all industries, including construction.  First and foremost, we are in the midst of a public health crisis, and the safety and well-being of all project participants should be top of mind.  We are …

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Executive Order Loosens Open Meeting Law Requirements During Coronavirus Emergency

Governor Baker signed an Executive Order relieving government boards and committees from compliance with certain Open Meeting Law requirements during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The Order gives public bodies greater leeway to hold closed-door and remote meetings, so that government agencies …

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SJC Reverses Appeals Court on Standing Requirements Under the Zoning Act – With Record Speed

All zoning conformities are alike, to rephrase Tolstoy’s famous opening line, but each zoning-related injury is injurious in its own way. Such has been the time-honored tenant of Massachusetts law for abutter standing under the Zoning Act.  To successfully challenge …

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PFAS Concerns Mounting for Cities and Towns as MassDEP Proposes Maximum Contaminant Level in Drinking Water

Many of our readers will be aware that on December 27, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) proposed a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PFAS in drinking water of 20 parts per trillion (0.02 ug/L or ppt) for six PFAS …

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Building the Boroughs: A Year in Review

In 2019, Mirick O’Connell’s permitting attorneys were proud to help our clients, large and small, with local approvals in Marlborough for 6 great projects. Thank you to our clients and the City of Marlborough for a wonderful year! Click here …

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