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Class Action Against Wal-Mart Goes Forward & Meal Breaks Have Value
Gordon Law Group

Favorable Wal-Mart ruling overturned. Order decertifying the Wal-Mart class action is reversed, and summary judgment on a number of issues is overturned. In a suit alleging that Wal-Mart “wrongfully withheld compensation for time worked and denied or cut short rest and meal break to which they were entitled,” the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (“SJC”),…

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Triple Damages Now Mandatory for Non-Payment of Wages
Gordon Law Group

Finally, the Wage Act gets its clarification. The law, which goes into effect on July 13, 2008, makes clear that Massachusetts takes violations of the wage statute seriously – with triple damages awarded to employees who must institute lawsuits in order to recover their wages. The clarification recognizes that failure to pay employees their earned…

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Open Letter to Governor Patrick on Mandatory Treble Damages
Gordon Law Group

February 17, 2008 The Hon. Deval Patrick, GovernorOffice of the GovernorState HouseBoston, MA 02133 RE: Effort to Clarify the Massachusetts Wage Act Dear Governor Patrick: I wrote to you in December 2006, as you were assembling your transition team, about a piece of bi-partisan legislation that passed both the House and Senate without objection and…

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All Commissions Are Recoverable Under The Massachusetts Wage Act
Gordon Law Group

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has affirmed that all employees who receive commissions as a part of their compensation packages, are entitled to the protections of the Massachusetts Wage Act. The case is Okerman v. VA Software. According to the plain language of the statute, the Massachusetts Wage Act applies “to the payment of commissions when…

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