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  • Startup Companies And Unpaid Wages
    Massachusetts is a good place to start a business, as it is home to many highly-educated and entrepreneurial people who are able to team up here with similar folks here to start successful businesses.  While many of these businesses succeed, other fail. However, employee wages are not contingent on business ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-10-12
  • Unpaid Training: CVS Pharmacy Case
    Generally, employers cannot require that employees participate in job training without pay. CVS recently learned this lesson in the case of St. Pierre, et al. v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 13-13202-TSH (D. Mass. Sept. 18, 2017) (Hillman, J.). CVS Pharmacy required all pharmacy technicians to regularly complete mandatory ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-09-22
  • Wage Class Action Certified in Massachusetts Superior Court
    On September 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County certified a class action against Helping Hands Company, Inc., a provider of home care services in Massachusetts. Escorbor v. Helping Hands Co., Inc, C.A. No. 15-2053-D. (Suffolk Sup. Crt. 2017) (Wilkins, J.). Our firm was appointed class counsel.  The case is ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-09-15
  • Case Report: Mickevich v Fine Finish, Inc.
    Yesterday, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Middlesex County issued an final approval order in one of our wage and hour class actions. This was a small class action under the Massachusetts Overtime Law involving just 33 individuals. The key allegation in the case was that a group of cabinet makers was improperly classified ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-04-26
  • Retail Sunday Pay and Massachusetts Wage Act
    Massachusetts retailers must pay employees who work on Sunday “one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate.” M.G.L. c. 136, § 6(50).  However, traditionally, this law could only be enforced by the Attorney General: Individual employees and groups of employees could not sue under the Wage Act for violations of the ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-04-10
  • Credit Cards as Basis for Individual FSLA Coverage
    Not all employees and business are covered by the federal minimum wage and overtime law, the Fair Labor Standards Act. If a business is covered, all of its employees are covered. However, even if a business is not covered, some of its employees may be covered. For Massachusetts employees, this ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-02-09
  • Leyes de Propinas y Cargos de Entrega en Massachusetts
    La mayoría de los salarios de los trabajadores en Massachusetts se basan en las propinas. Por esta razón, el estado de Massachusetts tiene leyes fuertes y estrictas para asegurar que todos los trabajadores reciban las propinas que ganan. En otras palabras, cada dólar que un cliente paga como propina, debe ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2017-02-09
  • MA Court Adopts Relieved-of-All-Duties Standard
    The Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County heard the defendants’ summary judgment motion in our case, Devito v. Longwood Security Services, Inc., a certified class action on behalf of a group of security officers who, during breaks, had to remain in job sectors, monitor their radios, remain in uniform, ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2016-12-27
  • How to Collect Unpaid Wages in Massachusetts
    The Massachusetts Wage Act is one of the strongest wage laws in the country, protecting employees who don’t recieve earned wages, salaries, commissions and other forms of compensation. What makes the law so strong?  First and foremost, once an employee files a case for unpaid wages in court in Massachusetts, they are entitled to ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2016-10-08
  • Pending Wage Class Action: Right at Home
    Our firm has filed suit against Right at Home, Inc. and its local franchisee, Kenney Enterprises, LLC, on behalf of a putative class of home care aids (also sometimes called “home health aids”). The class action complaint seeks back wages, including treble damages, for the Right at Home’s violations of ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2016-09-23
  • Bankruptcy and Taxi Medallions
    After years of steady growth, the value of taxi medallions in Greater Boston has begun to decline rapidly. Much of this is due to competition from ride share companies, such as Uber and Lyft. Many independent medallion owners funded their purchase with loans secured by mortgages on medallions. Many medallion ... read more
    Source: bkmass.comPublished on 2016-03-24
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy May Be the Best Way to Handle Employment Tax Debts
    As most small business owners know, there are various business taxes a company is required to collect, account for, and pay over to the taxing authorities. In Massachusetts, businesses are required to withhold income for both state and federal income taxes for employees, pay additional employment taxes, and unemployment insurance ... read more
    Source: bkmass.comPublished on 2015-11-30
  • Bankruptcy and Sales Tax Problems
    A sales tax debt is a tough debt to have. Because of penalties and personal liability, bankruptcy may sometimes be the only way to manage a tough sales tax problem. What is the sales tax and who is required to pay it? The Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% of ... read more
    Source: bkmass.comPublished on 2015-11-23
  • Boston Student Apartment Security Deposit Law
    Every year, over 45,000 students rent apartments in Boston. With such a massive number of students in need of housing, large property management companies have little trouble finding tenants to fill their buildings. Companies like The Hamilton Company and Alpha Management dominate the Allston, Brighton and Fenway real estate markets, ... read more
    Source: mass-legal.comPublished on 2015-11-03
  • Boston Student Apartment Security Deposit Law
    Every year, over 45,000 students rent apartments in Boston. With such a massive number of students in need of housing, large property management companies have little trouble finding tenants to fill their buildings. Companies like The Hamilton Company and Alpha Management dominate the Allston, Brighton and Fenway real estate markets, ... read more
    Source: mass-legal.comPublished on 2015-11-03

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