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Snooping e-Mail Case

Tempted to snoop on someone’s emails; perhaps to gain advantage in a dispute? DON’T DO IT. The Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) prohibits unauthorized access to web-based email accounts. …more

| Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Privacy

Usury Savings Clauses No Longer Save Lenders

Commercial lenders in Rhode Island may no longer rely upon a Usury Savings Clause in loan documents. Most commercial loan documents contain such a clause, which usually states that any payments made by a borrower in excess of…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Does Your Company Have An Information Security Program? Is it Up To Date?

The data breaches that Target, Michael’s, Nieman Marcus and other large companies have suffered recently have gained a great deal of attention in the media. These public and costly embarrassments serve as reminders that all…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

New [Neon Pink!] Rhode Island Form of Advance Directive

A Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (“MOLST”) is a direction by a terminally ill patient to require or refuse resuscitative and life-sustaining measures. It is entirely voluntary and only comes into effect in the…more

| Health, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Review Your Estate Plan in 2014

Each year, at this time, we remind our clients of the importance of keeping their estate plan up to date. Estate planning goals change over time for many reasons. Personal reasons can include the birth, marriage, death or…more

| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Bi-Weekly Pay in RI - Finally!!

We alerted you a few weeks ago that while we were all excited about the prospect of bi-weekly pay, we were still waiting for the required application to appear on the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training ("DLT")…more

| Labor & Employment Law

New IRS Guidance on Same-Sex Spouses and Cafeteria Plans

Action by December 31st Required for Safe Harbor - Yesterday, the IRS issued specific guidance on how employers can address issues arising from the change in tax treatment for same-sex spouses under cafeteria plans. The…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law, Health, Taxation

Bi-Weekly Pay Update - One Step Closer !!

A few weeks ago we alerted you to the fact that although the somewhat infamous bi-weekly pay law was set to go into effect on January 1, 2014, neither the required application nor the governing regulations had been finalized by…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Summary of Amendments to RI Foreclosure Mediation Regulation

This alert will discuss the Mediation Law and some of its unanticipated consequences, as well as the latest amendments to Banking Regulation 5. The latest amendments contain helpful clarification and guidance for implementation…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts,...

Bi-Weekly Pay – The Devil is in the Details

With January 1, 2014 fast approaching, many Rhode Island employers excited about the prospect of moving to a bi-weekly payroll system are wondering how to make the switch. The new law requires the filing of a petition, a showing…more

| Labor & Employment Law

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