Attorneys & Professionals

Doris R. MacKenzie Ehrens

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: drmackehrens@mhtl.com

Ms. Ehrens has forty years' experience in civil litigation, including special education, public sector, commercial/corporate, bankruptcy, personal injury (plaintiff and defense), employment litigation, and multiemployer trust fund litigation. She has extensive experience in federal and state, trial and appellate courts. Ms. Ehrens is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Alaska, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits. She has appeared in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the Districts of Connecticut and Western Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She has also appeared before various state administrative agencies including the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, Housing Appeals Committee, the Appellate Tax Board, the Division of Administrative Law Appeals, and the Massachusetts Committee Against Discrimination. She was associate editor of the legal update of a quarterly periodical for many years, has taught business law in a MBA program, and has training in mediation. Selected as a Super Lawyer in 2004, Attorney Ehrens currently focuses her practice in the special education and municipal/town counsel areas. She has been practicing since 1977, after receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law.

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CCHRA 2018 Labor & Employment Law Update

Cape Cod Human Resources Association is hosting its 2018 Labor & Employment Law Update, presented by MHTL attorneys Katherine Hesse, Kier Wachterhauser and Sarah Spatafore.  This event will feature a discussion of recent legal decisions, updates, and late breaking developments (such as the Equal Pay Act effective July 1, 2018), and the lessons employers need to know for the coming year.

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Governor Baker Signs “Grand Bargain” Bill

On June 28, 2018, Governor Baker signed the “Grand Bargain” bill advanced by the Legislature to address issues relating to minimum wage, Sunday overtime pay, an annual Sales Tax Holiday, and, perhaps most important, establishing paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts. Below is a brief summary of this new legislation.  This law will go into effect in stages and has a number of aspects that will be clarified through regulations and guidance from the state agencies tasked with interpreting and enforcing these new laws. Overall, this bill was touted as a “compromise” between business and labor groups in order to keep corresponding ballot questions off the November 2018 ballot.

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