The Year’s Most Important Employment Decisions in Massachusetts Resulted in a Broad Expansion in Application of the Wage Act, Adoption of the Principle of Associational Discrimination, and a Nugget for Employers: Power to Enforce Class Action Waivers
By Jack K. Merrill, Esq.
2013 brought a slew of important employment law decisions in Massachusetts that largely favor the employee’s side of legal arguments. While employers continue to hold broad power to deal with workers, they will face broader application of wage and other rules going forward.
The most significant decisions concern the Wage Act, which mandates the timely payment of earnings to employees. Cases under the Act and other wage laws, such as ones governing overtime pay and tips, are among the most common of all employment lawsuits. Plaintiffs and their lawyers commonly use the Act’s triple damages and legal fee provisions to wrestle big settlements from employers, even when they think they did nothing wrong. [Read more...]