Category Archives: Wage and Hour

Massachusetts Governor Signs New Law Increasing Minimum Wage and Reforming Unemployment Insurance System

This morning Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill, previously discussed here, into law that will raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts gradually from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2017 and will make changes designed to stabilize unemployment … Continue reading

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One Last Stop Before the Minimum Wage Increases

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate have both passed a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017. The bill is currently sitting on Governor Duval Patrick’s desk waiting for his … Continue reading

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One Step Closer to a Higher Massachusetts Minimum Wage and More Stable Unemployment Taxes

Yesterday, Massachusetts took one more step in the long journey to raise the minimum wage and to reform the state’s unemployment insurance system. The Senate voted on the House of Representatives’ bill addressing these issues and replaced language in the … Continue reading

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A Whole New Game: College Athletes Are Employees

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided that Northwestern University athletes are employees of the University and, as such, are allowed to form a union. The athletes claim they just want a seat at the table to discuss issues. … Continue reading

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If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

Amherst held a Town Meeting on Wednesday night, March 19, to discuss the possibility of increasing the minimum wage in Amherst to $15 per hour. If the referendum was approved or rejected by the Town Counsel then a call for … Continue reading

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When Your Workers Go Into Extra Innings: New Overtime Regulations May Be Coming

President Obama has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the current overtime regulations to expand the number of workers who are eligible for overtime pay. While the actual details have not been released and may not be for … Continue reading

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Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better! Amherst Discusses Raising Town Minimum Wage to $15

While Massachusetts has been working on a bill to raise the state minimum wage to $11 an hour gradually over the next three years, Amherst is considering implementing a town minimum wage of $15 an hour. Tomorrow, March 19, 2014, … Continue reading

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Where Does the Workday End?

The time for which an employee must be compensated isn’t simply the time they spend working. Among other requirements, the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) demands that employees are paid for all time during which they are required to … Continue reading

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BYOD: Employees Use of Personal Devices to Connect to an Employer’s Information

It seems virtually everyone has a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or other type of personal device. As these devices become more common, employees using these devices to connect to an employer’s computer network is also increasing. While there are benefits … Continue reading

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Connecticut to Increase Minimum Wage in 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage will increase.  The new law will raise the state’s minimum wage over two years.  On January 1, 2014, the minimum wage will increase from $8.25 per hour to $8.70 per hour.  A … Continue reading

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