Category: Wage Law


On June 26, 2017, in a case of first impression argued by Attorney Adam J. Shafran, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a unanimous 7-0 decision holding that employees who are owed unpaid wages are entitled to recover prejudgment interest at the rate of 1% a month on their unpaid ... Read More


Do you not get paid overtime because your employer pays you a salary? One of the most common misconceptions that I come across are employees who think they are not entitled to be paid overtime because they are paid on a salary. Stated simply; salary alone is not enough to ... Read More


Employers often think they are entitled to have their employees "on-call" and do not have to pay them for such time so long as the employee is not performing any work during the on-call time. This is incorrect, and Massachusetts has specific laws governing the compensation of on-call time. They ... Read More


In the summer of 2014, Adam Shafran of Rudolph Friedmann and co-counsel in Boston and San Francisco filed a putative class action complaint alleging that all former and current California based distributors of Pepperidge Farm, Inc. (a/k/a Sales Development Associates) have been misclassified as independent contractors by Pepperidge Farm. The class ... Read More


In a recent class action law suit brought by employees of a security company, the Massachusetts Superior Court described the legal standard to be applied when determining whether thirty-minute meal breaks constitute compensable working time. In this case brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act, the employer Longwood Security Services Inc. ... Read More


On November 23, 2016 Attorney Adam J. Shafran and Rudolph Friedmann LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Xtralight Manufacturing, Ltd. d/b/a Utility Metering Solutions ("UMS") for unpaid prevailing wages, overtime wages and unreimbursed transportation expenses. On December 2, 2016, 25 additional UMS employees were added to the lawsuit ... Read More


Where a collective bargaining agreement requires wage claims to be arbitrated, the agreement to arbitrate is enforceable so long as relief can be provided within the collective bargaining agreement process. Under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, when §301 pre-empts a plaintiff’s Massachusetts Wage Act claim, that claim must ... Read More


A class action may be maintained if, among other things, the court finds that the questions of law or fact common to class members predominate over any questions affecting only individual members, and that a class action is superior to other available methods for fairly and efficiently adjudicating the controversy. ... Read More


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


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