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  • Governor Baker Attempts to Take Away Earned Overtime
    UPDATED November 7, 2019Due to an impressive level of pushback from Massachusetts workers, the provisions in the Baker budget that would have deprived commission-only workers of their earned overtime were removed during deliberations in the Massachusetts legislature. Two key takeaways from this: (1) your calls, emails and letters to your ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-09-20
  • Governor Baker Attempts to Take Away Earned Overtime
    Earlier this month, Governor Baker introduced a supplemental budget bill meant to take away earned overtime from car salespeople and other commission-only workers who work overtime. And the Governor goes even further than that, seeking to strengthen employers’ hand in overtime disputes by creating new defenses to all overtime claims. ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-09-20
  • Case Report: Massachusetts Superior Court Certifies Car Sales Employee Class Action
    On July 23, 2019, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Plymouth County certified a class of sales employees in Speakman v. Sullivan Bros. Nissan, Inc., et al., Case No. 16-00165, an unpaid wage class action. Our law firm was appointed as class counsel for the employees. In our motion for class ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-07-25
  • Six Flags Overtime Decision
    On June 20, 2019, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County issued a major decision regarding the rights of amusement park workers to overtime pay. We represent a class of approximately 10,000 seasonal Six Flags New England workers in a case for unpaid overtime. The Court issued a decision last ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-06-26
  • Overtime for Commission-Only Employees
    Commission-only employees have right to overtime pay On May 8, 2019, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a groundbreaking decision guaranteeing overtime to employees who are paid on a commission-only basis. The case is Sullivan v. Sleepy’s LLC. The SJC was considering whether salespeople who receive only commissions and ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-05-09
  • Case Report: $2 Million Wage Act Class Action Settlement
    On January 14, 2019, settlement checks went out to the more than a thousand class members in a class action we brought against a Massachusetts home healthcare company. We were appointed as counsel for a settlement class of home health aides, who we alleged were required to travel between client ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-03-25
  • Supreme Judicial Court Issues Ruling on Agricultural Overtime Pay
    Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision in favor of agricultural workers. The case is Arias-Villano et al. v. Chang & Sons Enterprises, Inc. which was brought on behalf of workers of a company farming and distributing bean sprouts. The key question in the case was whether ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-03-15
  • Case Report: Massachusetts Superior Court Certifies Home Health Aide Class Action
    On February 25, 2019, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County certified three classes of home health aides in Portillo, et al., v. Compassionate Homecare Inc., et al., Case No. 17-0283A, an unpaid wage class action. Our law firm was appointed as class counsel for the employees. In our motion ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-03-06
  • Case Report: Wage Act Class Action Settled on Behalf of Home Health Aides
    On November 19, 2018, the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County approved a settlement of a class action we brought against a Massachusetts home care agency. We were appointed as counsel for a settlement class of approximately 1,200 home health aides, who we alleged were required to travel between client ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Overtime Rights for Hotel Workers
    Under Massachusetts law, individuals employed “in a hotel, motel, motor court or like establishment” are exempt from overtime, meaning that no matter what the worker does and no matter how many hours they work, they are not entitled to overtime under state law. However, companies here in Massachusetts (and in ... read more
    Source: masswagelaw.comPublished on 2018-10-28
  • 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