Category: Massachusetts Wage Claims

Home Health Care Travel Time Wage Cases

We are handling a number of home health care cases on behalf of classes of home health care workers denied wages for their travel time between client sites. We recently gained court approval for a class action settlement against a…

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…

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…

Vacation Pay and the Massachusetts Wage Act

Private employers do not have to provide paid vacation, but many do as an employment benefit. When an employer chooses to offer paid vacation time to their employees, any earned vacation time is the equivalent of “earned wages” under the Massachusetts Wage…

Personal Liability under the Massachusetts Wage Act

The Massachusetts Wage Act states that, “The president and treasurer of a corporation and any officers or agents having the management of such corporation shall be deemed to be the employers of the employees of the corporation within the meaning…

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…

Unpaid Wage and Overtime Retaliation

Under Massachusetts law, when an employee complains about unpaid wages or overtime, he is protected from discharge or other punishment because of the complaint. This protection extends to formal complaints filed in court or with the attorney general, but it…

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…

Massachusetts Wage Class Actions

Claims under the Massachusetts Wage Act can sometimes be brought as class actions. This usually makes sense when there is a common policy or practice of the employer that affects many employees in a similar way. There are many examples…