Posts tagged Wage and Hour
Supreme Judicial Court Holds that Certain Commission Salespersons Must be Paid Overtime and Sunday Premiums Regardless of Their Commission

On May 8, 2019, in the case of Sullivan v. Sleepy’s LLC, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court injected some much needed clarity into whether commission-based employees must be paid overtime and premium pay regardless of the amount of their commission.

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Supreme Judicial Court Splits the Baby in Class Action Wage Claim -- Ruling in Part for Employees and in Part for Employers

On April 12, 2019, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in Gamella v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc., resolved lingering doubt as to whether state and federal courts would use the same analysis when determining whether to allow wage claims to proceed on a class action basis.

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Massachusetts Gives Another Nod to All Massachusetts Employees in Wage-and-Hour Context (But Especially Agricultural Employees)

For as long as I’ve practiced law, courts across the country, both state and federal, have uniformly held that wage-and-hour laws should be construed broadly to protect employees and that exemptions from those laws should be construed narrowly to protect employees.

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Grand Bargain: Why is it Grand and What does it Mean?

By now, most of you have probably read about the bill signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker, colloquially referred to as the Grand Bargain. By any measure, this bill is surely “grand” in that it dramatically changes three important areas of employment law.

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Recommendations On Complying with the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA)

Employers who have not taken steps to comply with the Equal Pay Act are incurring unnecessary risk.  Thankfully, the Massachusetts Attorney General recently released a guidance for employers on how to ensure compliance with this new law.  Based on this information Steffans Legal has come up with the following 9 recommendations for employers:

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Steffans Legal Files Wage-and-Hour Class Action Against Berkshire Health Systems

Steffans Legal LLC and Connor & Morneau LLP have filed a class action lawsuit in Springfield on behalf of current and former licensed practical nurses (LPNs) employed by Berkshire Health Systems. The lawsuit claims that Berkshire Health Systems repeatedly violated a variety of Massachusetts and federal wage-and-hour laws in connection with how it paid its LPNs.

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