Author: Nicholas F. Ortiz

Massachusetts attorney, wage and overtime.

Case Report: Mickevich v Fine Finish, Inc.

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Middlesex County issued an final approval order in one of our wage and hour class actions. This was a small class action under the Massachusetts Overtime Law involving just 33 individuals. The key allegation in…

Retail Sunday Pay and Massachusetts Wage Act

Massachusetts retailers must pay employees who work on Sunday “one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate.” M.G.L. c. 136, § 6(50).  However, traditionally, this law could only be enforced by the Attorney General: Individual employees and groups of employees could…

Credit Cards as Basis for Individual FSLA Coverage

Not all employees and business are covered by the federal minimum wage and overtime law, the Fair Labor Standards Act. If a business is covered, all of its employees are covered. However, even if a business is not covered, some…

Leyes de Propinas y Cargos de Entrega en Massachusetts

La mayoría de los salarios de los trabajadores en Massachusetts se basan en las propinas. Por esta razón, el estado de Massachusetts tiene leyes fuertes y estrictas para asegurar que todos los trabajadores reciban las propinas que ganan. En otras…

MA Court Adopts Relieved-of-All-Duties Standard for Meal Breaks

The Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County heard the defendants’ summary judgment motion in our case, Devito v. Longwood Security Services, Inc., a certified class action on behalf of a group of security officers who, during breaks, had…

How to Collect Unpaid Wages in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Wage Act is one of the strongest wage laws in the country, protecting employees who don’t recieve earned wages, salaries, commissions and other forms of compensation. What makes the law so strong?  First and foremost, once an employee files a case for…

Pending Wage Class Action: Right at Home

Our firm has filed suit against Right at Home, Inc. and its local franchisee, Kenney Enterprises, LLC, on behalf of a putative class of home care aids (also sometimes called “home health aids”). The class action complaint seeks back wages,…

Getting Sued for a Non-Compete in Massachusetts

If you have ever signed an employment contract, there’s a good chance that it included a “non-compete” or “non-competition” clause. The purpose of a non-compete clause is to prevent you from taking another job in the same field as your…

Delivery Fees and Tips Law

Many workers in Massachusetts earn the majority of their wages in tips. For this reason, Massachusetts has strong laws to ensure that tipped employees receive all of their earned tips. In other words, every dollar that a customer pays as…

Massachusetts Sick Time Law

About one year ago, Massachusetts became one of only a handful of states that enacted an earned sick time law for employees. Under the law, most Massachusetts employees can earn up to 40 hours of sick time. If you work…