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November 14, 2016

No. It is illegal for the employer to shift the normal costs of doing business -- such as an item that becomes damaged or broken in the normal course of work -- to the employee.

When I was at the AG's Office, one of my illegal deductions cases involved an IHOP restaurant where the employer was taking from the waiters' wages the cost for “breakages” of dishware. We got that money back for the emplo...

October 8, 2016

While washing the dishes this morning and listening to WGBH, I heard this story on wage theft and the work of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division, where, until 2014, I used to work: 

According to Cindy Mark, Chief of the AG's Fair Labor Division, there are just too many cases of wage theft for the Attorney General’s office to process.

“Every year, the Attorney General’s office gets over 6,000 com...

August 1, 2016

A recent story from the LA Times on illegal wage payment practices begins by setting out the following scenario:

After a week of 10-hour days folding and packaging clothing, Jesus Francisco Moreno walked out of the factory in downtown Los Angeles on a recent Monday afternoon to collect his $450 in wages. Holding a personal check, with no required deductions, he went to a white, unmarked van parked near...

July 19, 2016

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office enforces the wage and hour laws, including the Massachusetts Tips Law. I used to work there and enforce those laws. (Individuals can also file their own private cases.) One of my 2014 cases involved a lot of these same issues. In the 2014 case:

  • Wait staff were required to pay from their tips the full meal costs of customers who left without payi...

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