Category: Minimum Wage

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…

Controversial On-Call Scheduling in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently joined the New York Attorney General and others in an inquiry into the controversial practice of retail on-call scheduling. Some large, national retailers receiving a letter were BCBG Max Azria, Carter’s Inc, Canada’s DavidsTea Inc,…

Unpaid Wages and Overtime for Undocumented Workers

Can undocumented workers sue for unpaid wages? This question has been addressed by many courts, and the answer is yes. Undocumented workers are frequent victims of wage and overtime exploitation, and it would be extraordinarily bad policy to allow employers…

Massachusetts Wage Law and Unpaid Internships

Unpaid internships are popular in Massachusetts, but they are often illegal. Massachusetts law requires all workers to be paid at least the state minimum wage unless an exception applies. There are five exceptions: (1) someone providing professional service; (2) agricultural…

Tips and the Minimum Wage

As of 2016, the Massachusetts minimum wage is $10.00/hour.  See M.G.L. c. 151, s. 1.  Employees who earn tips, however, can be paid a “service rate” of $2.63/hour so long as they earn at least $20 in tips each week.  However,…