Category Archives: Wage/Hour

Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute Still Going Strong After FAAAA Preemption Attack

by Amelia J. Holstrom Massachusetts has one of the most – if not the most – restrictive independent contractor statutes in the United States.  The statute is intended to drastically reduce the number of individuals that can be properly classified … Continue reading

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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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DOL Appeals Overtime Rule Injunction. Now What?

by John S. Gannon Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice of appeal—the first step in the appeals process—challenging the decision to temporarily block the new overtime regulations.   As we reported a couple weeks ago, the … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Court Blocks Implementation of DOL Overtime Rule

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk and John S. Gannon In a surprising turn of events, a Texas federal Court put a hold on the controversial Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule that would have made over 4 million more workers eligible … Continue reading

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How Will the Presidential Election Affect the Impending Overtime Rule?

by Timothy F. Murphy The election of Donald J. Trump has thrown the future of the DOL’s new overtime rule into doubt.  That rule – which dramatically increases the salary threshold for employees to be exempt from overtime and provides … 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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Unsuccessful FLSA Lawsuit May Cost Employees

by Marylou V. Fabbo When an employee wins a lawsuit against an employer brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), an employer must pay the employee’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to any judgment against it.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Registration Still Open for Skoler Abbott’s Labor and Employment Law Symposium

The DOL’s new overtime regulations go into effect December 1, 2016.  To help employers prepare for these significant changes, the attorneys at Skoler, Abbott & Presser are holding a symposium to address strategies and best practices for handling the new … Continue reading

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New Poster Requirements for Employers

by Susan G. Fentin Employers should be posting two new posters based on regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor in early August.  And, as long as you’re at it, you may want to consider replacing another.  See below … Continue reading

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