July 24, 2008
Wage and Hour Violations More Costly in Massachusetts
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Vision Payroll

On July 13, 2008, a new law went into effect mandating treble damages for wage and hour violations by Massachusetts employers. Prior to passage of Chapter 80 of the Acts of 2008, triple damages were allowed, but treated as discretionary by state judges. Generally, employers who acted in good faith were not assessed treble damages under the old law. Now, employers’ intent is irrelevant and three times the lost wages or other benefits will be awarded on all wage and hour lawsuits where the plaintiff prevails. Employers will also be required to pay “the costs of the litigation and reasonable attorneys’ fees.” We strongly recommend that all Massachusetts employers review their wage and hour policies and consult with their attorneys if they have any questions.


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