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Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law Survives Trade Association’s Challenge

The Massachusetts Independent Contractor statute, Mass. G.L. c. 149, § 148B, establishes a rigorous three-part test for determining whether a worker performing services for an employer may be considered an independent...more

10/9/2013 - Contractors Independent Contractors Non-Profits

Massachusetts SJC Holds That Wage Act Does Not Preempt Common Law and Equitable Claims for Unpaid Wages

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has overruled a Superior Court decision holding that a state statute requiring payment of wages preempts common law and equitable causes of action for recovery of unpaid wages....more

8/19/2013 - Equitable Relief Preemption Unpaid Wages Wage Act Wages

Massachusetts High Court Approves State Law Associational Handicap Discrimination Claim

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has approved a worker’s claim under the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination law, Mass. G.L. c. 151B, that his former employer discriminated against...more

7/24/2013 - ADA Associational Retaliation Disability Disability Discrimination Termination

Supreme Court Rejects Class Action Plaintiff’s Effort to Avoid Federal Jurisdiction Under CAFA

In a unanimous decision issued on March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the named plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit cannot defeat federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA or the...more

3/22/2013 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Damages Jurisdiction SCOTUS

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