The Business Law Firm

Winter 2017

Client Alert: Update on Stalled Federal Overtime Exemption Rule Changes

By James Reidy and Mark Ventola

In a ruling issued on November 22, 2016, a Federal District Court Judge in Texas blocked implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s amendments to the overtime exemption rules under federal wage law. Before that injunction was issued, covered employers were scrambling to make changes to their pay classifications and payroll practices as the changes were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. Since then, and with the changes promised by the incoming Trump administration and new Congress, many employers have wondered if that reprieve was merely temporary or if it would turn out to be permanent.


Things to Consider If You’re Thinking About Selling Your Business

By Michael Drooff

With improvements in the economic climate and continuing low interest rates, many private business owners have recently seen opportunities to sell their business at an attractive price. Even in good times, however, the sale of a business can be a difficult and complex process requiring considerable planning and advice. While there is no single right or wrong way to approach the sale process, a number of considerations must always be borne in mind. 


Dialogue, Good Faith to Guide Restroom Transgender Issues

By Brian Bouchard

Fifty-two years ago Bob Dylan penned the now famous lyrics: “The times they are a changin’.” True enough, Mr. Dylan, but for many, changes come slowly and, as the late David Bowie sang: “The days still seem the same.” This can be true in law, which sometimes struggles to keep pace with changes in society. Would it surprise you to know that only last May Congress removed archaic racial terminology like “Oriental” and “Negro” from the federal lexicon? For employers dealing with transgender related issues, the changing times have exposed a legal void of uncertainty. 


Law Requires NH Health Care Facilities to Disclose Performance Information About Ex-Employees

By Jason Gregoire

The health-care industry is facing a shortage of qualified workers. Health-care providers faced with a job opening often spend months trying to recruit a qualified-candidate. ... When licensure searches come up clean, or the prospective employee is not subject to state licensure, these employers are forced to take a leap of faith and hire someone who will interact with and provide care to their patients.


Sheehan Phinney Welcomes Tom Burack to Firm’s Environmental Group

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green is proud to welcome shareholder Thomas S. Burack to its Manchester office where he will bring significant experience to the firm’s Environment & Energy and Non-Profit Groups. Burack returns to Sheehan Phinney after serving for over ten years as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.


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