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Mass. Governor Signs Bill to Raise Minimum Wage 07/24/2014

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Employment.
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On June 26, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law which will raise the hourly minimum wage in Massachusetts for the first time since 2008. As a result of these increases, Massachusetts’ minimum wage will be amongst the highest in the country. Employers who fail to comply with the minimum wage increase will be in violation of the Massachusetts “Payment of Wages” statute and be subject to mandatory treble (triple) damages, attorney’s fees, and possible criminal penalties.

To learn how and when the minimum wage will change, or why you should comply, please see our full Wage & Hour Tip of the Month.

Please feel free to contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group with any questions.

Wage & Hour Tip: Understanding the Frequency of Payment Rules 02/26/2013

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Employment, MBBP news, New Resources.
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Did you know that an employer who does not pay its non-exempt employees every two weeks may technically be violating Massachusetts law? Read February’s Wage & Hour Tip for more information on payment rules.

Please feel free to contact MBBP’s Employment Law Group with any questions.

What Is a Legal Holiday in Massachusetts? 12/20/2012

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Client News, New Resources.
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MBBP has released a new Wage & Hour Tip of the Month which discusses the legal holidays in Massachusetts. Massachusetts law specifies the kind of work that is permitted on a holiday, and the type of establishment which can operate on a holiday. Generally, employers cannot operate on any legal holiday except New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Evacuation Day, Patriots Day, Bunker Hill Day, Columbus Day after 12 noon or Veterans Day after 1 p.m. However, employers may be able to operate on an otherwise restricted holiday if they come within one of the 55 statutorily proscribed exemptions.

To read the full Wage & Hour Tip of the Month, please visit our resources page.

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