Category: Wage Law

29

Jan2015
Beginning on July 1, 2015, employees who work for employers having eleven or more employees will be eligible to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick ... Read More

22

Jan2015
The Massachusetts Wage Act protects employees by requiring the prompt payment of wages within six days of being earned. G.L. c. 149 § 148. The Courts have defined the purpose of the Wage Act to limit the time between the completion of an employee’s work and the payment of their ... Read More

17

Dec2014
Employers who hire unpaid interns face heavy scrutiny under Massachusetts wage and hour laws. Massachusetts employers must pay their interns state minimum wages unless the employer can demonstrate that their unpaid intern is exempt under both the state’s criteria, and the six part test used by the United States Department ... Read More

12

Dec2014
A 2008 Amendment to the Massachusetts Wage Act simplified the award of treble damages in wage act violation cases. The amendment takes discretion away from the court and makes treble damages a mandatory award.   “An employee so aggrieved who prevails in such an action shall be awarded treble damages, as liquidated ... Read More

09

Dec2014
Unfortunately, employees seeking unpaid wages based on a misclassification as an independent contractor, occasionally have to deal with unruly employers who bring counterclaims against their employees. Fortunately there are legal protections employees can utilize to discourage this type of employer’s behavior. In a recent case an employer brought counterclaims alleging interference ... Read More

04

Dec2014
$9.00. As of January 1st 2015, this will be the new minimum wage in the State of Massachusetts. The commonwealth has instituted an aggressive minimum wage initiative to raise the minimum wage $1.00 each year to ultimately reach $11.00 an hour as of January 1st 2017. The minimum wage rate applies ... Read More

29

Nov2014
Unemployment benefits are typically reserved for employees who involuntarily leave work. A specific exception is made for employees who leave work voluntarily if the employee "establishes by substantial and credible evidence that he had good cause for leaving attributable to the employer.” A recent case found that an employee who quit ... Read More

24

Nov2014
The Massachusetts Wage Act affords aggrieved employees the ability to sue their employers and recover for an employer’s failure to pay wages to which the employee was entitled. The Supreme Judicial Court recently address the issue of whether an employee may also seek reinstatement under the Wage Act.  The employee alleged ... Read More