Massachusetts Wage and Overtime Attorney
Attorney Mason offers her services to employees in wage and hour disputes. These disputes can include issues concerning minimum wages, timing of payments, overtime, commissions and employee/ independent contractor misclassification. Employees who are able to prove in court that their employer owes them wages are entitled to three times the amount of those wages plus attorney's fees and litigation costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are wages?
Wages include your salary or hourly pay, tips, commissions and other forms of "pay" such as earned vacation time.
What is the minimum wage in Massachusetts?
In general, Massachusetts employers need to pay their employees at least $8.00/hour for work. However, there are several circumstances in which employees may be paid less. An employer may pay tipped waitstaff and service employees who make at least $20 a month in tips $2.63/hour so long as their average hourly wage with tips is at least $8.00/hr. There are different laws for agricultural workers, members of religious orders and certain employees in training.
When does an employer need to pay an employee overtime?
Massachusetts and federal laws require employers to pay employees who are not "exempt" from overtime requirements overtime pay. There are a number of exemptions that make an employee ineligible for overtime. Employers often erroneously claim that an employee fits the administrative, executive or professional exemptions when attempting to avoid overtime. However, many white collar workers are eligible for overtime. Non-exempt employees are entitled to one and a half times their hourly rate for every hour worked over 40 in a week.
What is the deadline for an employer paying an employee?
In general, if a employee works a five or six day week, the employer must pay the employee wages within six days of the end of the pay period. Employees who resign their employment must be paid by the next regular payday. If an employer fires or lays off an employee, the employer must pay the employee all wages on the day of discharge. These wages include accrued vacation days.
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