Category: “Off-the-clock” work

Auto Deductions for Work Breaks

Lunch breaks – and other breaks – are a normal part of most employees’ work days. Under Massachusetts law, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 100, employers must provide employees with a thirty-minute meal break after working for six consecutive hours. Many…

Off the Clock Work

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently issued an important overtime ruling involving off-the-clock work. What happens when an employee works overtime but the employer claims they didn’t know about it. In the case of Vitali v. Reit Management, the Appeals Court…

Wages for Work Before and After Job Shifts

We have had several cases that fit this fact pattern: An employee is required to report for work, at either an employer’s place of business or a remote job site, and do preliminary tasks before going “on the clock”. That…

Meal Breaks and Payment of Wages

In Massachusetts, and as a matter of federal law, hourly employees do not have a right to be paid for meal breaks.  However, meal breaks must be bona fide.  There are  two main parts of that. 1) Meal breaks must…