Labor / Employment

As cases rise and COVID-19 continues to spread, more Americans are losing their jobs, and businesses wonder how they will survive another shutdown. Employees who are working remotely are also struggling with their temporary working environments, and many of these workers are juggling work with their children’s virtual learning schedules as well. Our country is waiting impatiently for the moment when we can finally put the stress, fear, and uncertainty behind us and move forward.  After such an unprecedented year, there is no better time than Thanksgiving to take a step back from the chaos and reflect on who and…
As Thanksgiving and what is traditionally the busiest holiday travel period approaches, COVID-19 numbers are rising, and state governments are doubling down on travel and quarantine restrictions. The State of NH revised its travel guidance on November 12, 2020 changing the quarantine period for those NH residents who travel internationally (including to/from Canada); on a cruise ship; or domestically outside of the New England states for non-essential purposes.  Essential travel includes travel for work, school, personal safety, medical care, care of others, parental shared custody, for medication, and brief trips for take-out food and groceries.  Of course, the guidance continues…
Entrepreneur and recovering lawyer Ryan Wenger joins Benjy Smith for a truly inspirational episode. While in the midst of practicing law, Ryan had a transformational idea for people buying travel and built it out from the ground up. That idea originated as a consumer travel platform, and transformed into a corporate travel platform. More impressively, that idea became a company that was acquired by a much larger company in the middle of a pandemic when far fewer people are even traveling! Ryan and Benjy discuss a whole gamut of topics, ranging from balancing entrepreneurial risk with financial security, leveraging connections,…
Governor Sununu issued Emergency Order #74 (the “Order”) on November 19, 2020 mandating the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings in indoor and outdoor public spaces where individuals are unable to or inconsistently maintain a physical distance of six feet from persons outside their own household. The order takes effect on November 19, 2020. Relevant portions of the Order are summarized below: All persons over the age of 5 in the State of New Hampshire are covered by the Order. “Public spaces” includes any part of public or private property that is generally accessible to the public including lobbies,…
California’s stair-step climb to a $15-dollar minimum wage continues. Effective January 1, 2021, the minimum wage for employers with 25 employees or less will increase to $13.00 per hour, and for employers with 26 or more employees, the minimum wage will increase to $14.00 per hour. Employers must remember this increase also affects minimum salary requirements for exempt employees. While some local minimum wages increase mid-year, many others also increase on January 1 at the same time the State’s increases take effect. For example, in the cities of Sonoma and Hayward, the minimum wage for employers with 25…
Most viewed guest and complex personal injury litigator Raphael “RJ” Javid joins host Benjy Smith for a scintillating conversation full of positive energy. In a highly informative episode, Benjy and RI share some of their insights into marketing, advertising, and networking, providing value, being creative in the legal business, taking risks, and building businesses and business relationships. The episode closes with the Legal Tip of the Week.…
In this very special episode, Louis Benowitz joins host Benjy Smith and they breakdown some pieces of the prolonged 2020 election week. They discuss, among other things, Jim Carrey, conspiracy theories, election litigation, the upcoming runoffs in Georgia to determine control of the US Senate, and some of the potential impact of Trump’s judicial appointments on Democrats’ policy goals. The episode closes with a Legal Tip of the Week.…
Effective Friday, November 6, 2020, Massachusetts residents will be required to wear a mask or cloth face coverings at all times when in any public place, with limited exceptions.  This new directive expands upon a prior mask mandate issued by Governor Charlie Baker in May.  Under the earlier order, residents were instructed to wear face coverings in public when it was not possible to maintain six feet of social distancing.  The new order removes the distance qualification, and essentially requires people to keep their masks on at all times.  “We’re basically saying if you go out in public, wear a…
Sasha Solonin joins host Benjy Smith for another exciting episode of LawFlip. Sasha is only 24 years old, but you’d never know that based on his maturity and accomplishments. He’s a former NCAA Division 1 tennis player who works in commercial real estate at CBRE, and has quickly brought high end properties into his portfolio. He, along with Benjy, also co-founded@motionla, a workout group that connects entrepreneurs through fitness. In this episode, Benjy and Sasha discuss how they met, the role of athletics and fitness on finding life structure and balance, the challenges of succeeding on your own…
With such a controversial election approaching the end of an already unforgettable 2020, millions of American citizens have cast their ballots early. Amazingly, nation-wide pre-election voting has already surpassed 50% of all ballots that were cast in the 2016 election.  In California specifically, 21 million mail-in ballots were sent out this month to applicable residents. Even though many have opted to mail in their votes, some are still waiting until Election Day to vote in person on Tuesday, November 3rd. For those in California who do desire to vote in person, employers are legally obligated by the State to provide…