Category: Massachusetts Wage Claims

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…

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…

Massachusetts Laws Governing Final Pay

The basic rule regarding final pay in Massachusetts is this: 1) An employee who is terminated involuntarily must be paid in full on the day of discharge. 2) An employee who quits a job can be paid on the next…

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…