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Non-Competes and Hamilton

Medium, 7/16/16 My house is smitten by Hamilton. We listen to the music incessantly, my wife and I are both reading the Chernow biography, and the kids are fighting over who gets to use the third ticket to the Broadway show when we go to New York in the fall. So in thinking about the […]

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Equal Pay Legislation Passes House, Headed To Conference

Politico, Massachusetts, 7/14/16 BOSTON — The House has unanimously passed legislation that seeks to reduce the wage gap between men and women. The measure passed by a vote of 158-0 and would make it illegal for employers to pay employees different wages because of their gender or pay employees less because of their gender. “We […]

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Pay Equity Bill A Long Time Coming, But May Soon Be Here

Boston Globe, Business, 7/13/16 A state equal pay bill took a key step forward Tuesday, bringing a legislative effort almost two decades in the making within striking distance of victory. The legislation, which would strengthen the 1945 statute that prohibits gender-based wage discrimination, emerged from a House committee in a form that should assuage many […]

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House Equal Pay Legislation Designed For Broad Appeal

Politico, Massachusetts, 7/11/16 BOSTON — As the legislative year wanes, the House is expected to take up equal pay legislation on Thursday. While the House language was not yet available late last week, those involved with negotiations say the bill will be amenable to all parties. It is currently being tweaked in the House Committee […]

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Legislature May Take Up Bill To Address Gender Wage Gap This Session

WGBH, Government, 7/8/16 House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants to bring an equal pay bill to the House floor next week that aims to narrow the wage gap between genders. The thinking behind the bill is that if women know what their male counterparts earn—and their employers know they know—the wage gap could begin to close. […]

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This MBTA Decision Could Have Harsh Consequences for Boston Startups

BostInno, Streetwise, 7/5/16 Buried in the complex web of the FY17 state budget was a glimmer of good news for the innovation economy in Massachusetts: new, clear limits on how frequently and by how much MBTA fares can be raised. Allow me to explain Take a stroll around some of the hotbeds of innovation in […]

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​Keep Massachusetts an Energy Innovation Leader

Boston Business Journal, ViewPoint, 6/28/16 As one of the world’s most vibrant innovation hubs, it is incumbent upon Massachusetts to invest in clean energy to address climate change and grow our economy. Although gas prices are relatively low right now, we need to focus on expansive, long-term thinking as the state crafts a strategic, clean […]

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Two Key Changes Made to the Bill Limiting Noncompetes In Mass.

Boston Globe, Business & Tech, 6/27,16 Addressing concerns from the business community, House leaders have made two major last-minute changes to a bill that would significantly restrict noncompete agreements in Massachusetts. The latest version, which heads to the House floor on Wednesday for a vote, aims to soothe a sore spot among some employer groups: […]

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Family Leave, Wage Gap Must Also Be Atop Agenda

Boston Globe, Letters, 6/23/16 THE GLOBE’S take on the deserving bills in need of action this legislative session got many things right (“A wish list for Beacon Hill”). Energy bill — a must. Zoning reform — desperately needed. But the list was missing two important, high-profile bills: paid family leave and equal pay. As the […]

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Guns Made Mateen The Most Successful Terrorist Since 9/11

WGBH, News, 7/14/16 Juliette Kayyem If I don’t sound normal, it’s because things are not so normal. I’m recording this from Orlando Florida, just days after the horrible terrorist attack at an LBBT bar in which 50 people do far were killed by a terrorist named Omar Mateen. You may have seen me on CNN, […]

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