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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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Senate Votes to Increase Minimum Wage

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly voted (32-7) to raise the state’s minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour over three years.  Under this bill, the minimum wage would increase in three steps:  on July 1, 2014 … Continue reading

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Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Tomorrow Senate President Therese Murray will put a bill before the Senate to increase the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2016 and tie future increases to inflation.  Business owners across the state have been … Continue reading

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“Queen of the Universe” Unable to Keep Her Poker Face

The lawsuit brought against Lady Gaga by her former personal assistant (“PA”) illustrates some of the wage and hour law challenges that employers face. Lady Gaga hired a friend to be her personal assistant (“PA”) at an annual salary of … Continue reading

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Keeping Unpaid Internships Legal

The season is upon us when college students and recent graduates seek out unpaid internships, looking for a way to gain “real world” experience, and a possible foot in the door, in an otherwise suffering labor market. While the prospect … Continue reading

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Different Stripper, Same Claim: New Case Continues to Strip Away the Notion of Independent Contractor Status

A new independent contractor case serves as a painful reminder to Massachusetts businesses that our state and its legislators do not understand business.  Many businesses, by their very nature or set up, rely upon contractors or consultants to meet their … Continue reading

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Hefty Consequence for Not Complying with the Massachusetts Tip Law

The Harvard Club has reached a four (4) million dollar settlement with wait staff employees related to a lawsuit alleging violations of the Massachusetts Tip Law.  Wait staff filed a lawsuit against their employer alleging that the club charged patrons … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Launches Smartphone App as a Tool for Employees to Track Their Own Hours Worked

On May 9, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced the launch of its free smartphone app for workers to track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed.  Described as an “independent timesheet” for workers, the … Continue reading

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