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January 6, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Massachusetts is $11.00 for most jobs. 

There are a few -- though only a few -- exceptions to this minimum wage. 

One exception many people know about is called the service rate, which pertains to wait staff, service employees, and/or service bartenders who make tips of more than $20 per month.

The service rate allows employers of these service employees to pay...

November 23, 2016

As of yesterday, November 22, 2016, a federal judge has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction banning the US Department of Labor from enforcing the new overtime rules that I wrote about below back in May 2016. I cover the judge's decision in more detail here.

In the meantime, click here for continuing updates on overtime, and seek legal counsel on the current status of the law. Employment law is...

August 19, 2016

One of the best parts of being an employment lawyer is figuring out all the relevant aspects of an employment situation and counseling people on how to best go about achieving their goals. When I worked at the Massachusetts AG's Office, if someone was speaking with me it was usually either because they were a worker who was mistreated somehow at work or because they were an employer (or their lawyer)...

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...

August 1, 2016

Governor Baker has signed the legislation that amends the current Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 105A.

But, you may ask, I thought it already was illegal not to pay men and women the same for the same job? 

It is. What this legislation does, among other things, is to make it illegal to pay men and women differently for "comparable work” -- not just the same job. Comparable work here...

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...

July 15, 2016

A New York Times editorial today highlights a sadly common issue among service workers -- "unpaid overtime, misrecording of timecards to reduce pay, failure to pay the minimum wage and failure to pay wages owed to employees who quit or were fired." This case involves a franchise of McDonald's in California. A federal district court judge certified the class action, meaning the employees could continue...

January 30, 2016

Since one case went very badly for lunch ladies in Everett in the 1990s, advocates have been trying to tighten up the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, M.G.L. c. 149, s 105A, a statute, among others, I used to be responsible for enforcing.  

In the Everett case, female school cafeteria workers (a/k/a "lunch ladies") sued under the Equal Pay Act arguing that the male school janitors made more for compar...

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