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Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: The Workweek

By The Jacobs Law LLC |

The first installment in this series is about the “workweek.” The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) describes the workweek as “a recurring period of seven consecutive 24 hour periods” that can begin on any day of the week. This “work week” is fixed, as well as independent of the actual hours worked by the… Finish Reading Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws: The Workweek

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Employers Outside MA Cannot Escape Massachusetts Wage Act Claims

By Travis Jacobs |

Out-of-State Employers Subject to Massachusetts Wage Act Claims Out-of-state employers can no longer hide behind a wall of jurisdiction when determining the forum for wage act cases. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded in Cossart v. United Excel Corporation, et al., that a federal court in Massachusetts could exercise personal jurisdiction over a Kansas… Finish Reading Employers Outside MA Cannot Escape Massachusetts Wage Act Claims

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Insurance Agents Were the Latest Target of Worker Misclassification Cases

By Travis Jacobs |

A series of recent Massachusetts court rulings addressing the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors have involved real estate agents, truck drivers and taxi cab drivers. Employers can now add insurance agents to the list of workers who have undergone court scrutiny for classification as employees or independent contractors. As many of you who follow the… Finish Reading Insurance Agents Were the Latest Target of Worker Misclassification Cases

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Employers: Pay Often and Pay Early!

By Travis Jacobs |

The Jacobs Law has spent a considerable amount of time on this bLAWg writing about the Massachusetts Wage Act, and the consequences it imposes on employers f0r misclassifying ’employees’ as ‘independent contractors’, failing to pay overtime or wages, or failing to pay wages to employees immediately upon termination. A recent case tested the limits of… Finish Reading Employers: Pay Often and Pay Early!

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Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149 Section 150

By Travis Jacobs |

Section 150. The attorney general may make complaint or seek indictment against any person for a violation of section 148. On the trial no defence for failure to pay as required, other than the attachment of such wages by trustee process or a valid assignment thereof or a valid set-off against the same, or… Finish Reading Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149 Section 150

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Massachusetts Minimum Wage Set to Increase January 1, 2015

By Travis Jacobs |

Like many employers I’m sure you received the same email (below) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today. It reminds employers that the minimum wage and minimum service wage increase to $9.00 per hour and $3.00 per hour, respectively, starting January 1, 2015. The email provides additional wage increases that… Finish Reading Massachusetts Minimum Wage Set to Increase January 1, 2015

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So You’re an Independent Contractor – Now Hire Independent Counsel to Review Your Services Contract

By Travis Jacobs |

Independent Contractors have become more and more common these days due, in part, to economic conditions and businesses’ unwillingness or inability to hire employees, an individual’s need to work multiple jobs, and/or other policy-related issues such as state or federal healthcare requirements if a business has a minimum number of full time employees. In… Finish Reading So You’re an Independent Contractor – Now Hire Independent Counsel to Review Your Services Contract

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