A favorite saying of my mentor and colleague in the Labor and Employment Group here at Burns & Levinson is “no good deed goes unpunished.” Over my years of practice, I have found that this phrase oft comes to mind when an...more
Two recent decisions from Massachusetts courts again highlight the strict requirements of the Massachusetts Wage Act, which details how and when employees must be paid. The cases address the treatment of sales commissions and...more
As I mentioned in some of my prior posts, the Massachusetts Weekly Payment of Wages Act (“Wage Act”) poses many challenges to employers due, in part, to the vagueness of its terms, the strict liability it imposes on employers...more
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently addressed a significant issue to Massachusetts employers—whether general releases can bar employees from bringing Wage Act claims against their employers. Crocker v. Townsend...more
In Crocker v. Townsend Oil Co. Inc., SJC-11059 (Dec. 17, 2012), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that a general release from an employee in favor of an employer that purports to release all possible...more
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) this week issued an important decision addressing whether agreements containing general releases are sufficient to bar claims brought by employees under the Massachusetts Wage...more
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