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Sick Pay and Vacation Pay

by Juliane Soprano

If I am Terminated, am I Entitled to Sick Pay and Vacation Pay? Controversy regarding sick pay and vacation pay in Massachusetts causes concern for employees and employers. In Massachusetts, The Wage Act, G.L. C. 149, requires employers to pay employees’ wages on a weekly or biweekly basis.  If an employee

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I Was Injured on the Job, Can I Sue My Employer?

by Juliane Soprano

I was injured on the job, can I sue my employer? The short answer is no. In Massachusetts, Worker’s Compensation is an “exclusive remedy”.  This means that if you are injured at work, and your employer carries worker’s compensation insurance, you may only recover benefits under the Worker’s Compensation System.

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PARTIAL DISABILITY – WHAT IS IT?

by Juliane Soprano

Understanding Partial Disability   By far, the most common question injured workers have is what kind of benefits are available under the Workers’ Compensation system if an injury prevents a return to their former job.  In many people’s minds, if they cannot return to their usual type of work, they are

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Accidental Disability Retirement ADR

by Juliane Soprano

Accidental Disability Retirement ADR vs. Worker’s Compensation Benefits When employees of the State of Massachusetts, a town, city, or county suffer a workplace accident, they are potentially entitled to both state Worker’s Compensation benefits as well as Accidental Disability Retirement benefits (ADR). Although these benefits have elements in common there are significant

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Choosing The Right Attorney Is So Important

by Juliane Soprano

Choosing The Right Attorney Is So Important
A client came to see me who had been denied workers’ compensation benefits.  He consulted another attorney (who actually worked for his union) who told him he did not have

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What To Do If You Find Yourself Unable To Work?

by Juliane Soprano

Most people never think about being unable to work or the devastation caused by losing an income. When an unexpected injury or illness happens, your life as you know it changes instantly and possibly forever. You may have to seek benefits you never thought you would need, want or knew existed. Know

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For the millions of Americans that suffer from some form of mental illness finding help is not always easy.

by Juliane Soprano

When Does Mental Illness Mean Disability? Many clients over the years have contacted our office looking for help as a result of mental health issues.  If the condition is severe, the person may qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits.  If the condition occurred as a result of a physical or

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