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Department of Education Issues Final Regulations on Campus Sex Offense Reporting and Training, While Leaving Some Key Issues...

On Monday, the Department of Education published final regulations on how colleges and universities should prevent, report, and respond to sexual offenses on campus. These regulations interpret changes recently made by...more

Domestic Violence and Divorce

Thanks to the NFL these past few weeks, domestic violence has gained national attention and even received a comment from the President of the United States. However, domestic violence (“DV”) is bigger than most American’s...more

Protective Orders in Virginia

As I am writing this article, it is the day after the first week of NFL football games. The sole topic on the cover of sports websites, discussed on sports radio shows and covered on ESPN and other sports channels is the...more

Reacting to Employee Off-The-Job Misconduct

A very concerned CEO calls his attorney. He has just learned that several months ago a key employee punched his fiancée, knocking her unconscious. There was a criminal charge that was dismissed, and the couple later married,...more

Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave Law

Massachusetts employers of 50 or more employees must permit employees to take up to 15 days of domestic violence leave in any 12-month period. Employees who are victims of abusive behavior, or whose family members are victims...more

Lessons From the NFL: Thoughtful Planning To Avoid the Limelight

Another Sunday has come and gone and with it, somewhat predictably, another Vikings loss. What’s remarkable about this week, however, is that the team was without its star player, Adrian Peterson. Mr. Peterson has been barred...more

Abuse of an Animal is Domestic Violence

Many people know that a few months ago, my husband and I lost our thirteen year old Dachshund, Bagels. While Bagels had been ill, there were no signs that her condition was worsening, so we were shocked by her sudden death. ...more

7 Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know When Domestic Violence Involves Strangulation

The arrests of Ravens running back Ray Rice and San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald have, once again, thrust the ugly specter of domestic violence into the forefront of American consciousness. One of the most...more

Massachusetts Now Requires Employers to Provide Domestic Violence Leave

Massachusetts has enacted a law requiring employers with 50 or more employees to grant employees “domestic violence leave.” The law, entitled “ An Act Relative to Domestic Violence,” was approved by Governor Deval Patrick on...more

Time Out for Domestic Violence #FamilyLawAttorney

As a family law attorney and as a private citizen, I find it very disturbing to hear about the recent events involving professional football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson which has highlighted both the prevalence and...more

The Perpetrator’s Fame Makes Domestic Violence More Visible

Everybody is talking about the Ray Rice domestic violence act caught on tape. The incident is violent, painful to watch. It is unfortunate that we must bear witness to a violent event to raise the awareness about domestic...more

To the NFL – Show More Than Ethics, Show Some Humanity

Just a short ten days ago I wrote about how thrilled I was that the National Football League’s (NFL) 95th season was upon us and pro football was about to begin. But in the intervening 10 days, it is as if the very football...more

Off-Duty Domestic Violence — What’s An Employer To Do?

Sometimes your employee is the victim. If so, you may have someone who is distracted, scared, upset, or frequently absent because of physical injury or psychological trauma, or court appearances. She (or he – men can be...more

Shame on you NFL, Baltimore Ravens

By now, everyone has heard that Ray Rice has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens and had his laughable two game suspension increased to “indefinite”. And the increased punishment is being lauded by sports pundits everywhere. All...more

The N.F.L. Realizes That Domestic Violence Is Not A Game

Yesterday, the N.F.L. terminated Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice . This is after video emerged of Rice punching his fiancee (now wife) and knocking her unconscious in an elevator in Atlantic City....more

New Massachusetts Law Entitles Employees to Domestic Violence Leave

On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a far-reaching Act designed to combat the problems of domestic violence. Notably, the Act became effective immediately upon the Governor signing it into...more

Effective Immediately: Employers Required to Grant Employees Domestic Violence Leave

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law, effective immediately, that requires employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to 15 days of leave from work if an employee or a...more

Domestic Violence Leave Becomes Law in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence on August 8, 2014.This far-reaching law, which institutes reforms throughout the criminal justice system, mandates that all public and...more

Domestic Violence Leave Now Mandated in Massachusetts

On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed sweeping new legislation in the area of domestic violence—M.G.L. c. 260 entitled “An Act relative to domestic violence.” The new law is effective immediately and...more

Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave for Employees

On August 8, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill relating to domestic violence. Among other provisions, the law creates a new category of job-protected leave for employees. Massachusetts employers with 50 or...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Changes to Clery Act Reporting Procedures and Requirements

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued important guidance to colleges and universities on their responsibilities to comply with changes to the Clery Act made by the amendment to the Violence Against...more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 28, 2014: The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate to hear Lt. Governor...

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House worked through their calendar this week. The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate on Wednesday to hear Lt. Governor McConnell's address on the State's Aging...more

Forced Sex During Marriage Warrants PFA Order, Court Rules

In Pennsylvania, the Protection From Abuse Act exists to prevent and protect individuals from abuse. The Protection From Abuse Act is commonly referred to as the PFA Act. Orders obtained under the PFA Act are regularly...more

New Campus Security Laws Take Effect This Month

A key section of the comprehensive federal legislation passed last year to prevent and address violence against women on campuses nationally takes effect this month. It is critical for educational institutions to understand...more

2014 New Family Laws

Some years, family law is chock full of new laws both from the courts and from the legislature. But, not this year; 2013 was more of a blip than a bang for family law. Here are some of the highlights of the more interesting...more

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