Category Archives: Massachusetts Wage Act

State Minimum Wage Increases Across the Country

by John S. Gannon Raises are in order for lots of minimum wage workers in 2017. Nineteen states—including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maine and Vermont—along with dozens of cities across the country, will see minimum wage increases at the start … Continue reading

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Caution: Your Commission Agreements May Violate the Wage Act

By Erica E. Flores In Massachusetts, the Wage Act requires employers to pay all earned wages, including commissions, on the day the employee is discharged.  Companies who have employees who work on commission have frequently relied upon the language of … Continue reading

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Skoler Abbott Attorney to Present at Springfield Lunch ‘N Learn

Major changes to the federal overtime compensation rules are less than a month away. Next week, Skoler Abbott Attorney John Gannon will be discussing the new rules in detail during the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Lunch ‘N Learn event. Attorney Gannon … Continue reading

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Employee Paid “Under the Table” Has Viable Wrongful Discharge Claim

by Marylou Fabbo Massachusetts recognizes a cause of action for employees who are terminated from employment in violation of a recognized public policy.  Employers are prohibited from terminating an employee for asserting a legally guaranteed right, refusing to do what … Continue reading

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Treble Damages for Violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act Could Be Limited in Certain Circumstances

by Amelia J. Holstrom When a Massachusetts employer discharges an employee, Massachusetts law requires the employer to pay the discharged employee all outstanding wages, which includes accrued, unused vacation time, on the employee’s final day of work.  If an employee voluntarily resigns … Continue reading

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Federal Court Says Employees Can Get Three Years of Trebled Overtime Under Massachusetts Wage Act

by Erica E. Flores In April 2013, a Massachusetts auto repair shop, Advanced Auto, Inc., hired Robert Lambirth as an automotive technician.  He earned well over the minimum wage, but he did not receive time-and-a-half for hours he worked over … Continue reading

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss When Employees Are Working through Lunch

by Amelia J. Holstrom Employers in Massachusetts must pay their hourly employees overtime compensation for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.  “Hours worked’ applies to hours an employee is actually working; if an employee is on break, the … Continue reading

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Recent Cases Highlight the Importance of Carefully-Drafted Bonus Policies

by David W. McBride By now, Massachusetts employers should be familiar with the Massachusetts Wage Act’s requirement that terminated employees must be paid all earned wages either on the day of discharge (for employer-initiated terminations) or on the next regular … Continue reading

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LMRA Does Not Preempt Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk When the Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law was passed, some unionized employers expressed concern over how the law would affect their existing union contracts.  Such employers, having already negotiated with their unions over the amount of … Continue reading

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Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Leave Regulations

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk The Massachusetts’ Attorney General has just issued long-awaited final regulations interpreting Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law. The proposed regulations resolve issues such as whether earned sick leave can run concurrently with FMLA leave or other types of unpaid … Continue reading

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