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Triggering Executive Severance to Protect Your Interests in Case of COVID-19 or other Changed Circumstances

By Robert Adelson on 29 May 20 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World on May 27, 2020. We are in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of crisis that is unexpected and unprecedented. So many businesses that had been thriving in a robust economy as recently as January and February 2020, were shut down almost on a moment’s notice and remained […]

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Has a New Employer Withdrawn Your Executive Job Offer? How “Promissory Estoppel” might give you a legal remedy

By Robert Adelson on 2 May 20 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on April 28, 2020. As a successful C-level or other senior executive, you may be lured by executive recruiters or otherwise by other companies seeking your talent, contacts and experience.  Suppose one of those opportunities truly excites you.  You agree to terms, it feels like a good fit, you accept […]

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New Developments for Employee Furloughs in Massachusetts

By Robert Adelson on 3 April 20 /   Massachusetts Employment Law

This article was originally published on March 30, 2020 in The Legal Refresher. Limited State Unemployment Benefits allowed in connection Furloughs due to COVID-19 Pandemic New Massachusetts emergency regulations now allow limited eligibility for state unemployment benefits in connection with a furlough of employees if this employer action to furlough employees is the result of […]

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Layoff, Furlough or Other Employee Cut Backs

By Robert Adelson on 1 April 20 /   Massachusetts Employment Law

This article was originally published on March 30, 2020 in The Legal Refresher Please note updated information here: https://www.refresher.com/new-developments-for-employee-furloughs-in-massachusetts/ Some Legal Issues as your Company Responds to Dramatic Loss of Business The response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic crisis has forced the closure of most US sports, restaurants and entertainment venues and dramatically reduced operations of numerous […]

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Executive Equity Compensation in Severance Negotiations

By Robert Adelson on 2 November 19 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on October 30, 2019. As a CEO, C-level or other senior executive, the most valuable part of your executive compensation package can often be the equity position that you acquire in connection with your employment.  If you have a well-designed executive employment agreement in place, your equity compensation would be […]

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Executive Compensation In A Pre-IPO Company

By Robert Adelson on 3 October 19 /   Executive Employment,Startups

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on October 1, 2019. The startup you work for is gaining acceptance in the market and with remarkable growth, you are now eyeing the prospects of an IPO.  The fruits of your team’s labor are at hand. But do you know how your executive compensation package will change as a […]

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CFO Employment Contract: Terms And Negotiations

By Robert Adelson on 14 September 19 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on September 7, 2019. The demand for chief financial officer (CFO) is as high as ever. If you are a CFO or a seasoned financial executive, you may find many attractive opportunities coming your way. Before you leave what you have and take up a new position, you […]

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How to Fund Your Company

By Robert Adelson on 29 July 19 /   Startups

How to Fund Your Company By Robert A. Adelson This article was published in The CEO Refresher on June 15, 2018. Having an investor for your start-up company can provide you access to capital, business development and sales assistance, as well as organizational evolution. The expertise a seasoned investor brings can help a company go […]

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Negotiating Your COO Employment Agreement

By Robert Adelson on 1 June 19 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on May 28, 2019. Unlike CEOs and CFOs, not every company has a Chief Operating Officer, and not every COO has the same responsibilities, span of control, decision rights, and position in the reporting structure. There is not a standard job description for COOs. Therefore, should you be […]

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If Assets Need Protecting, Your Best Course May Be a Trademark

By Robert Adelson on 20 April 19 /   Trademarks & Copyrights

Boston Business Journal.  May 2-8, 2008, page 12. Your brand name can be an important asset. As such, trademarks and service marks are recognized in common law and by statue to protect the goodwill in a brand name developed for a business, product or service. Some brand names are just coined words – such as […]

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