Author: Nicholas F. Ortiz

Massachusetts attorney, wage and overtime.

The Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law

A law called the Bacon Davis Act sets prevailing wages for federal contractor jobs, and the Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law sets wages for certain jobs involving the state or local governments. Basically, the prevailing wage law in Massachusetts creates special minimum…

Requesting your Personnel File in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts personnel record law, M.G.L. chapter 149, § 52C, allows a current or former employee to get a copy of their personnel file. The law requires an employer to give access to personnel records to employees and former employees upon written request.  This…

Overtime for Snow Plow Drivers

During the winter, snow plow drivers often end up working in excess of 40 hours per week.  At times they work around the clock during snow emergencies.  So, are snow plow drivers entitled to overtime for hours worked over 40 in a week under Massachusetts…

New Massachusetts Overtime Statute of Limitations

Starting in November 2014, you can look back three years before to recover unpaid overtime. This expands the previous Massachusetts overtime statute of limitations by one year.  (It was two years, not it is three).  Lawyers are now debating about whether the change is…

Tip Law in Massachusetts

The sharing of employee tips has led to a fair amount of controversy in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Tip Act, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 152A, sets forth employees’ rights to tips and service charges. Here are the basic details: Employees are…

Wages for Meal Breaks in Massachusetts

Under Massachusetts law, employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal break for each six-hour period that they work.  M.G.L. c. 149, s. 100 states, “No person shall be required to work for more than six hours during a calendar day without…

Getting Paid for Travel Time

Pay for some travel time is required by law.  When an employee must be paid hinges on whether the travel is commuting time or travel time that happens during the workday.  In general, an employee has no right to wages or expenses for commute…