3 Changes to Reporting and Collection of Medical Debt

Starting on July 1, 2022, the three nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion have agreed to three changes in how medical collection accounts are reported. The three credit reporting agencies will no longer include paid medical collection debt…

MA Seeks to Protect Tenants from Foreclosure

A House and corresponding Senate bill aimed to protect tenants who occupy a foreclosed property from eviction has had favorable responses and has strong potential to become law in MA. H. 1483 and S. 1047, “An Act preventing unnecessary vacancies…

Education Alert: Open Meetings Act

On February 24, 2022, the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General completed an investigation into an Open Meetings Act (“OMA”) complaint filed against the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education (“Council”) and issued a decision finding the Council violated…

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules Connecticut Choice-of-Law Provision Does Not Apply to Determining the Applicable Statute of Limitations in a Foreclosure Action

Despite seemingly concrete language in loan agreements and mortgage documents, a recent case decided by the Rhode Island Supreme Court highlights that contractual language is not always as clear as it appears. In Webster Bank v. Rosenbaum, et al., the…

Understanding the Impact of OSHA’s New COVID-19 Policies on Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers to implement policies for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing. The ETS applies to private employers with more than 100 employees. While the…

Emergency Temporary Standard: Understanding the Impact of OSHA’s New COVID-19 Policies on Massachusetts Charter Schools

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers to implement policies for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing. The ETS applies to private employers with more than 100 employees. While the…

Education Law Update: United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Launches Investigations Regarding Prohibitions of Indoor Masking in Schools

On August 30, 2021, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (the “OCR”) opened directed investigations in five (5) states to explore whether statewide prohibitions on universal indoor masking discriminates against students with disabilities who are at…