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Working Overtime and Not Being Paid? It’s Probably Illegal

Are you working overtime and not being paid time-and-a-half? For most workers in Massachusetts, that’s illegal. Massachusetts has strict laws on who is exempt from overtime. In most cases, if you are paid by the hour and your employer can direct how and when you...

Non-compete Clauses May be Here to Stay in Employment Agreements

For the last few years, Massachusetts has been moving toward banning non-compete clauses in employment agreements. Non-compete clauses prohibit an employee from working within a certain field, or within a geographic area, for a defined period of time. Due to the appointment by Governor Charlie Baker of...

How the Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act Protects Employees

Federal law protects employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but Massachusetts gives employees special additional protections under what is called the Small Necessities Leave Act (the SNLA). What does the SNLA do? It grants an FMLA-eligible employee a total of 24 hours of unpaid...

Getting Paid in Massachusetts – Know Your Rights

Massachusetts has strict requirements on how, when, and how much an employee is entitled to be paid. Violations of these laws can result in severe consequences for the businesses who break them -- often including punitive damages of three times the amount of unpaid wages....

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Not Getting Minimum Wage in Massachusetts?

Minimum wage in Massachusetts is $8.00 per hour, although in some cases, such as employees who work on tips the hourly rate is $2.63 per hour. If you have looked at your paystubs and compared what you earn to the amount you are paid, and it...