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  • Wage Claims for Uber and Lyft Drivers
    Recent litigation in Massachusetts has focused on whether rideshare drivers for companies such as Lyft and Uber are misclassified as independent. In the case of Cunningham v. Lyft, Inc., No. 1:19-cv-11974-IT, 2020 WL 2616302 (D. Mass. May 22, 2020) a Massachusetts federal judge recently ruled that that the defendant ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2021-08-13
  • Case Report: Conclusion of Six Flags Unpaid Overtime Class Action
    Our firm is pleased to announce the conclusion of the class action case we brought against Six Flags New England on behalf of thousands of seasonal employees.  After extensive litigation, the Suffolk Superior Court recently approved a settlement which resulted in a $4 million fund to compensate seasonal workers ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2021-07-21
  • My employer didn’t pay me, what can I do?
    If your employer has not paid you your paycheck, Massachusetts law guarantees you certain rights. First, your employer must pay you within six days after your pay period ends (seven days if you work a seven-day workweek). If you are fired, your employer must pay you all your earned wages ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2021-05-05
  • IS MAINTENANCE OR REPAIR WORK SUBJECT TO PREVAILING WAGE?
    Can you guess what HVAC systems, electrical and plumbing systems, and even roads and sidewalks all have in common?  They are subject to wear & tear, break down, and often need maintenance and repair.  If you’ve spent much time driving on the pothole lined streets in Massachusetts, you know ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-12-07
  • PREVAILING WAGE – WHICH RATE SHOULD YOU GET FOR ASBESTOS REMOVAL?
    Asbestos is universally regarded as a major health hazard.  Working with asbestos can present serious dangers to your health.  Breathing in fibers, too small to the naked eye, can lead to a buildup of scar-like tissue in your lungs called asbestosis that can lead to disability and death.  The ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-11-24
  • ARE YOU REALLY AN APPRENTICE AND GETTING THE RIGHT RATE?
    Apprenticeships are vital components to traditional building and construction trade jobs such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, and sheet metal workers.  They provide hands-on experience in a structured work-based training environment. Under Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law workers on certain jobs involving the state, counties, or local cities and towns ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-11-10
  • ESTOY RECIBIENDO EL “RATE” CORRECTO?
    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ARTICLE IN ENGLISH   The “Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law” requiere que los empleados que trabajen en ciertos trabajos que involucren al estado, ciudades o municipios reciban el Prevailing Wage (una tarifa por hora más alta determinada por el estado) (a menudo llamado el “Rate” ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-10-29
  • SOLAR PROJECTS AND THE PREVAILING WAGE
    Solar power is a booming industry in Massachusetts.  According to recent data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), as of Q2 2020, Massachusetts is 8th in the country in solar energy installed.  In fact, Massachusetts wants to increase the amount of solar installed in the state.  To accomplish this ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-10-26
  • AM I GETTING THE RIGHT “RATE”?
    The Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Law requires that employees working certain jobs involving the state or local cities and towns receive prevailing wage (often called “the rate” on job sites).  The law exists so companies don’t win job bids – and get public money — on the backs of their employees ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-10-18
  • What Happens at the End of My Covid-19 CARES Act Mortgage Forbearance?
    A New Option from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On March 27, 2020, in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A major purpose of this wide-reaching law was to provide assistance to homeowners with federally-backed mortgages. In particular, ... read more
    Source: bkmass.comPublished on 2020-10-01
  • Understanding the Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium
    What You Need to Know and How to Stay in Your Home   Amidst a global pandemic and a faltering economy, many Massachusetts renters faced eviction. Many were, and still are, out of work due to the Covid-19 outbreak. On April 21, 2020, Massachusetts protected renters by passing an ... read more
    Source: bkmass.comPublished on 2020-09-25
  • Unpaid Sales Commissions in Massachusetts
    The Massachusetts Wage Act, which provides plaintiffs with triple damages and attorneys’ fees for successful unpaid wage claims, also applies to commissions. M.G.L. c. 149, s. 148 states: This section shall apply, so far as apt, to the payment of commissions when the amount of such commissions, less allowable or ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2020-08-21
  • Subchapter V: A Simpler Type of Business Bankruptcy
    In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic, a new chapter of bankruptcy was created to make small business bankruptcies faster and cheaper.  This new “Subchapter V” could not have come at a better time. Who can file a Subchapter V Bankruptcy? Subchapter V is only available to small business ... read more
    Source: bkmass.comPublished on 2020-03-24
  • 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