Author Archives: Rich Van Nostrand

About Rich Van Nostrand

Rich is a partner at the Firm. He has extensive experience in general civil trial work, with concentrations in business, commercial and employment litigation. He provides advice and representation in a variety of business and commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, corporate dissolutions, intra- and inter-company disagreements, and intra-family business disputes. Rich also provides ongoing employment litigation and counseling services to numerous clients in the private, public and higher education sectors. In the private sector, Rich represents clients in a broad range of industries including health care, professional services, high technology, industrial and manufacturing. In addition, he is also frequently selected by litigants to assist in the resolution of their disputes as an independent arbitrator or mediator.

The Moral of the Story: Playing Doctor is not a Human Resources’ Function

When an employee presents with an illness or injury and seeks leave or an accommodation, there is an unfortunate temptation for the manager or human resources professional to assume the guise of a medical practitioner and diagnose the legitimacy of … Continue reading

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Termination for Cause Provisions: Every Word Matters

Particularly with respect to executive employees, it is not unusual for an employment agreement to be used.  Those agreements tend to have detailed provisions regarding when the executive may be terminated and what happens if the termination is with or … Continue reading

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Paying Employees to Eat?

Recent Superior Court Case Gives Important Reminder A recent decision from the Superior Court reminds us that the rules that apply to payment of compensation for meal breaks are the more employee-friendly Massachusetts rules rather than the less strict federal … Continue reading

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Know Your Employees – Or Else!

Recent Appeals Court Case Highlights An Employer’s Potential Liability For An Employee Outrageously Overstepping the Bounds On a dark and stormy night, your employee abuses her access to your electronic data systems and snoops in an insurance database to dig … Continue reading

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Wait ‘Til Next Year?

Despite Legislative Inaction, it May Be Time to Test the Fitness of Your Non-Competes When the clock struck midnight on August 1st, it brought the Massachusetts legislative session to a close.  It also brought to a close the latest efforts … Continue reading

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Where There’s Smoke, There May Not Be (Legal) Fire

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If an employer wants to protect itself from secret downloads of its crown jewels, it should be sure to have its employees sign employment agreements with appropriate protections. Continue reading

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