The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020.

There are primarily two provisions relevant to workplaces:  the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Emergency FMLA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. 

The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (Emergency FMLA)

Previously, to be eligible for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...

A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case reaffirms two long-held principles under the Massachusetts wage laws: that 1) certain corporate officers may be held individually liable for Wage Act violations; and 2) where employers fail to comply with the legal obligations to maintain certain time-keeping records, they should not benefit from that in litigation. 

1. Individual Liability for Certain Off...

December 12, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, the Massachusetts minimum wage will go up, and it will continue to go up each year on January 1 in the following steps:

  • January 1, 2019  -- $12.00  

  • January 1, 2020  -- $12.75   

  • January 1, 2021  -- $13.50  

  • January 1, 2022  -- $14.25   

  • January 1, 2023  -- $15.00   

The service rate is also go...

In Ives Camargo's Case, issued today, the highest court in Massachusetts confirmed that there are varying statutory tests to determine employee verses independent contractor status for purposes of the workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, wage, and tax withholding laws: 

Our laws have imposed differing, and not uniform, definitions of employees and independent contractors. Currently, ther...

March 23, 2017

Is your Massachusetts employer showing you the door while providing you with a severance agreement to consider?

It is advisable to go over it with an employment lawyer so that she can review the implications of each provision with you, as well as identify what is there and what also might not be there.

Below are eight things to consider when thinking about signing a severance agreement. Note that t...

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 30, 2016

I've been an employment lawyer for more than ten years. Before that, when I applied to the Massachusetts bar at age 30 and had to list every single job I previously held, it topped twenty.

In my first attorney job as a legal aid lawyer, with substantial loans and low pay, I waited tables nights and weekends. From working in retail and restaurants to different office and lawyer jobs, I have been around...

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...

October 6, 2016

Good question. The short answer is yes -- if the amount of wages you are seeking is $7,000 or under. 

The nice thing about small claims is that it can be much quicker than a non-small claims civil suit, and the filing fee is usually lower.

A small claims action begins when the complainant (the person filing the complaint) files out a court form called a "Statement of Claim and Notice of Trial" and...

August 18, 2016

Many people turn to career advisers, not employment lawyers, when things run aground at work. But there are often legal issues underlying the workplace concerns for which career advisers don't have the training to advise. The purpose of my practice is to understand, attend to and counsel an individual around their workplace concerns as well as all of the legal issues surrounding them....

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