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Major companies push for transgender access

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Google and Eastern Bank are wading into the debate over transgender rights, announcing Wednesday they support legislation granting people the right to use sex-segregated...

Bowditch & Dewey launches blog serving LGBTQ community

Bowditch & Dewey has a launched a blog —which it believes to be the first from a major U.S. law firm —focused on legal issues concerning the LGBTQ community.

Coakley joining Foley Hoag law firm next week

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Former Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has been doing legal analysis for WCVB, plans to join the law firm Foley Hoag next week.

Briefing: Earned sick time

Massachusetts is getting ready to enact a sick-time law that voters approved in November. The ballot initiative received a healthy dose of support, passing by 59 percent to 40 percent, and the new...

DPH overhauling medical marijuana licensing

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Saying the past process of licensing marijuana dispensaries was dysfunctional, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel announced Wednesday it would be "aggressively revamped."

Two Milford business owners indicted for workers' comp fraud

Sam Bonacci |

Two Milford business owners have been indicted for allegedly failing to accurately report their total payroll and workforce, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

City agrees to sell former courthouse for $1.2M for housing, retail

Emily Micucci |

The city of Worcester has agreed to sell the former Worcester County Courthouse to a New Hampshire developer that specializes in historic properties for $1.2 million, according to a statement from...

Fletcher Tilton absorbs Yates Law Offices

The law firm of Fletcher Tilton, with offices in Worcester and Framingham, began the new year by absorbing Hudson-based Yates Law Offices into its operations.

The new ‘sick leave’ law

AMELIA J. HOLSTROM SPECIAL TO THE WORCESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL |

November's election brought an early Christmas "gift" for Massachusetts employers: the new sick leave law. The law, which will take effect July 1, requires paid sick leave and...

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