CLE Program

Massachusetts Wage Act: Treble Your Knowledge


Date: Monday, July 27, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
Zoom Webinar

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State and federal wage and hour laws are active areas of litigation in the field of employment law. These laws are strictly enforced and dictate how wages must be paid to both current and former employees.

An employer’s exposure for a violation of wage and hour laws may trigger mandatory treble damages and employer liability for attorneys’ fees and costs. Given the gravity of noncompliance, any practitioner who advises businesses should understand what the law requires. Similarly, practitioners advising employees should be able to inform employees of the full scope of their rights.

Recent court decisions have developed the Massachusetts Wage Act in a few key areas, including the wage rights of employees who earn some or all of their compensation through commissions, and independent contractor misclassification. Courts have also addressed what form of compensation is a “wage” under the Massachusetts Wage Act and assessed when and which damages are trebled.

This program will examine the interplay between federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as recent developments under the Massachusetts Wage Act, with a focus on:

  • Overview: Fair Labor Standards Act and Massachusetts Wage Act
  • What is a wage?
  • Commissions vs. bonuses
  • Treble damages -- when are they triggered and to what do they apply?
  • Independent contractor issues 
  • Joint employer issues
  • Attorney General’s Office's enforcement priorities and initiatives
  • When the Attorney General’s Office pursues civil vs. criminal penalties

This webinar will be hosted using Zoom. Registration is required by 10 a.m. on Monday, July 27, to participate in this program. After you register with the MBA, please look for an email from MassBar Education with the Webinar ID and Password. The email will be sent after 10 a.m. on July 27.

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Michelle M. De Oliveira, Esq., Program Co-chair
Kenney & Sams PC, Boston
Robert M. Shea, Esq., Program Co-chair
Beck Reed Riden LLP, Boston
Richard S. Loftus, Esq., Panelist
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Boston
Hillary Schwab, Esq., Panelist
Fair Work PC, Boston
Katherine Watkins, Esq., Panelist
Attorney General's Office - Boston, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Labor & Employment Section

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