Employment Law Blog

10

Feb2015
Under Massachusetts Law, in order for you to be properly classified as an independent contractor, the company that you perform services for must establish, among other things, that the service you provide is different from the service that the company provides. Companies such as FedEx hire couriers who provide delivery ... Read More

05

Feb2015
Under the Massachusetts’ Wage Act, employees are protected against retaliation from their employers. Aggrieved employees may bring an action for injunctive relief, damages, lost wages and other benefits against their employers. Section 148A of the Wage Act provides: “No employee shall be penalized by an employer in any way as a ... Read More

02

Feb2015
The Massachusetts Wage Act prohibits employer’s from requesting or accepting from any wait staff employee, service employee, or service bartender any payment or deduction from a tip or service charge given to such wait staff employee, service employee, or service bartender by a patron. When an employer charges a patron ... Read More

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

15

Jan2015
The Department of Labor Standards (“DLS”) creates an extensive list of job classifications and their corresponding rate of wages. An awarding authority, such as a municipality, who begins a public works projects submits to the Director of DLS a list of jobs to be employed on the project. Typically these ... Read More

12

Jan2015
Massachusetts requires every employer in the commonwealth with one or more employees to have a valid worker’s compensation policy at all times. This type of no fault insurance protects employees by providing medical care and partial wage reimbursement. Employers need not have a valid worker’s compensation policy for work done ... Read More

29

Dec2014
Workers at Amazon warehouses may face up to 25-minute security screenings aimed at preventing theft. The workers sued their employer seeking compensation for the time spent waiting to go through the security screening at the end of each day. The issue before the Supreme Court was whether such time is ... Read More

22

Dec2014
Employers often create complicated payroll formulas to calculate overtime pay for employees who work under public work contracts to comply with Massachusetts’ prevailing wage law. The prevailing wage law (M.G.L. c. 149, § 26-27) governs public works contracts in Massachusetts and mandates a wage rate established by the director of ... 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