What You Need To Know About Non-Compete Clauses in Massachusetts

Non-compete clauses, also known as restrictive covenants, are agreements between employers and employees that limit the employee’s ability to compete with the employer after the termination of their employment. In Massachusetts, these clauses are much debated and legally scrutinized. In this article, we’ll explore the purpose of non-competes, their enforceability, and what you should know as a potential client. Purpose of Non-Compete Clauses  The primary purpose of a non-compete

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Salaried Employees and Overtime Pay

As an employee in Massachusetts, you should know your rights and entitlements when it comes to overtime pay. One common misconception among salaried employees is that they are not entitled to overtime pay. This is not always true, depending on various factors that determine eligibility for overtime pay. What is Overtime Pay? Overtime pay is the additional compensation an employer pays to an employee for

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Prevailing Wage Law in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the Prevailing Wage Law requires contractors and subcontractors working on public construction projects to pay their workers the prevailing wage rate. The “prevailing wage rate” is the hourly rate of pay, including benefits, paid to the majority of workers engaged in a particular type of construction work in a specific geographic area. This law applies to all types of public works projects, including

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Compensation for On-Call Time: Understanding Your Rights as a Massachusetts Employee

Many employees in Massachusetts are “on-call” outside of their regular working hours, which means that they must be available to work if called upon by their employer. Both employees and employers need to understand whether on-call time is compensable under Massachusetts law. We explain whether employees are entitled to compensation for on-call time and what factors are considered in determining compensation. What is On-Call Time?

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Does an Out-of-State Company Need to Register as a Foreign Corporation When Hiring a Part Time Employee in Massachusetts?

Say your company is registered in Delaware and has its offices in Ohio. You want to hire a part-time programmer who happens to live in Massachusetts. Do you need to register in Massachusetts as a foreign corporation? Registration Requirements In general, the requirement for a company to register as a foreign corporation in another state depends on various factors, including the nature and extent of

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Retaliation In The Workplace – Do You Have A Case?

Massachusetts Employment Law, along with federal statutes, provides relief and protection for employees who are facing an act of retaliation from coworkers and/or employers. A claim must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). However, it is important to make sure you have your facts straight before you make such a claim and take on your

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Employment Law: Know Your Disability Rights in Massachusetts

According to a recent U.S. Census, about 20 percent of Americans have a disability. Many Americans with disabilities are talented workers who are valuable additions to the workplace. However, sometimes employers and coworkers fail to recognize the value people with disabilities can bring to the workplace. The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) is federal legislation designed to counteract this bias and protect the

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Massachusetts Employment Law -The Whistleblower

  What is a Whistleblower? A Whistleblower is a person who brings violations of the law to the attention of the appropriate enforcement authorities. But that’s risky, isn’t it? If you report that your employer is not following safety, reporting or other standards, he can just fire you, can’t he? As a society, we value whistleblowers. We need to have people willing to stand up

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Employment Law: Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Now In Effect

If you work in a company of 11 or more people, you are now entitled to paid sick leave. The law became effective on July 15, 2015, and it requires that you receive one hour of paid leave for every thirty hours worked. According to the statute, you may use this time for yourself, your spouse, child, parent or parent – in –law for issues

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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Massachusetts

What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Massachusetts depends on a few factors. One first should take note of the Federal Laws that have been put in place to protect America’s workforce from wrongful termination. Discrimination comes in many forms; namely, race, color, age, disability, religion, equal pay, sex or sexual harassment, and pregnancy. Be aware wrongful termination comes in many forms that are not limited solely

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