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Changes in Massachusetts’ Minimum Wage and the “Blue Law”

Changes in Massachusetts’ minimum wage and the “blue law” affecting premium pay for certain employees working on Sundays will go into effect on January 1, 2019. The minimum wage will go from $11 to $12 an hour, a result of a law passed last summer. The rate will go up 75 cents an hour every […]

Marijuana in the Workplace

While medical marijuana has been available to Massachusetts patients for some time, the Commonwealth has recently joined a growing number of states in decriminalizing marijuana sales and use under state law. See Mass. Gen. Laws Ch.94G §7. The exact words of the statute are informative: “(a) Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, except […]

Massachusetts Passes Non-competition Agreement Statute

After ten years of debate, the Massachusetts Legislature has passed and Monday the Governor signed a law regulating non-competition agreements. I have been drafting and litigating non-competition agreements for most of my career. It is fair to say that the new law represents a sea change benefiting employees. Some of the highlights of the statute […]

Newpaper Delivery People are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Last week, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that Gatehouse Media, the company that owns the Patriot Ledger (and the New Bedford Standard Times) misclassified its newspaper delivery drivers as independent contractors and ruled that they were employees with all of the rights and protections afforded to employees. This is a very important decision and unless […]

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