Boyle | Shaughnessy Law is thankful for our frontline heroes. While the coronavirus has altered daily life for everyone, our healthcare workers, grocery clerks, first responders, postal carriers, and others continue to serve our communities, rising to the occasion, and selflessly sacrifice for our benefit. Their humility, dedication, and strength are humbling.
Boyle | Shaughnessy Law is open for business, and we are doing our part by staying home and staying safe. We have successfully transitioned to working remotely – all 10 of our offices are working at full capacity, and we continue provide our clients with the level of excellence you have come to expect from our firm.
As socially distanced as we may be, we are all in this together, and many of us have now been moved to ask, “How can I help?”
There are several ways to make a difference in the face of this pandemic: support local restaurants by ordering take out or delivery; make a donation to Off Their Plate, which provides meals to frontline workers; or donate blood. The American Red Cross stresses that donating blood is a safe process and encourages healthy donors to ensure a stable supply throughout the duration of this pandemic.
As we pull together as a community, please know that we are here and we are happy to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly, or any member of our team, with questions on how we can be of assistance to you in these challenging times.
We will get through this together.
All the best to you, your colleagues, and especially your family.
Mark W. Shaughnessy, President
Coverage Issues and Guidance
Many of our clients are receiving business interruption claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing coverage guidance regarding these claims to our clients in an effort to help you move forward in this unprecedented time.
Navigating Employment Law Issues Caused by COVID-19 Legislation
Many of our clients are impacted by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act and other legislation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. We review the FFCRA, its impact on employer and employee rights, and provide guidance to employers and claim and HR professionals.
Aaron R. White and Michael P. Johnson of Boyle | Shaughnessy’s Boston office presents: Navigating Employment Law Issues Caused by COVID-19 Legislation
Jurisdiction: Hillsborough North County Superior Court – New Hampshire
Attorney Erin Bucksbaum prevailed on a motion to compel arbitration in an employment discrimination case following an evidentiary hearing requiring testimony from multiple witnesses. The issues involved a determination as to whether the digital signature was genuine and if the arbitration agreement could be enforced. In granting the motion, the Hillsborough North County Superior Court (New Hampshire) upheld the validity of using digital data points to acknowledge and “e-sign” an arbitration provision, even when the document itself did not reflect an electronic signature. The court also found that as long as an agreement to arbitrate contains mutual language, it is still valid even if not signed by the employer. This decision indicates a willingness of the New Hampshire courts to uphold digital signatures and reinforces the strong policy in favor of arbitration.
Boyle | Shaughnessy employees partnered with Boston Cares to build beds for children transtioning from shelters into permanent homes. Children under 18 make up 60% of the 13,000 people experiencing family homelessness here in Massachusetts.
The Bed Project engages teams of volunteers to assemble bed frames and prepare them for distribution to our more than 30 partners across New England – organizations who are directly serving low-income families in need or transitioning out of homelessness.
Boyle | Shaughnessy Law is unique among medium-sized firms because of its dedication to defense litigation. Our Attorneys have the technological capability to represent our clients in all types of disputes, from the simplest to the most complex. We have the experience to resolve disputes, large or small, without unnecessary expense. Additionally, we have extensive trial experience. Our Attorneys are admitted in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont. We also have several attorneys who are admitted in California, Florida, and Illinois. Our firm, as well as many of our senior attorneys, have been awarded the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating of “AV” and are listed in Best’s Directory. Please clink on an attorney’s personal page for more information.
We invite you to contact our office to learn more about our services, and to discover further information about our attorneys and services. Our team looks forward to serving your needs in the future.
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