Category: Massachusetts Wage Claims

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…

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…

Getting Help with the Mass AG Wage Complaint Form

The Purpose of the AG Wage Complaint Form: A wage complaint form must be filed with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office because the law requires it. Section 150 of Chapter 149 of the Massachusetts General Laws states: An employee claiming [unpaid wages] 90…

Common Violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act

Here are some common violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act: Off-the-Clock Work Managers who say “get it done, but don’t put down overtime”; People arriving early or staying late at work; Donning and doffing–unpaid time at the beginning or end…

Wage Act Claims and the Massachusetts Attorney General

The Massachusetts Attorney General has a special relationship to Wage Act claims in Massachusetts. The wage statute requires that an individual file a complaint for unpaid wages with the attorney general before bringing a lawsuit for triple damages and attorneys’…

Travel Pay Rights in Massachusetts

Hourly employees are entitled to be paid for all time worked. This begs the basic question: What is work? There are regulations that define work pretty specifically in Massachusetts. In this post, I will focus on the sometimes controversial topic…

Wage Forfeiture and Valid Set-Offs in Massachusetts

Generally, any contractual provision that requires an employee to forfeit earned wages is a “special contract” prohibited by the Massachusetts Wage Act, M.G.L. c. 149, § 148. As the Attorney General has put it, “an employer may not enter into…

Introductory Post from a Massachusetts Wage Lawyer

I’m a little late with this introductory post, but now that this page has garnered a bit of readership, I figured I would take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Nicholas Ortiz. I graduated from Vanderbilt University and…