Skilled Representation For Wage Act Disputes

The Massachusetts Wage Act, commonly known as the Weekly Wage Law, plays a significant role in how employees in our state get paid.

Under the Wage Act, employers must pay most employees the wages due to them within six or seven days of the end of the applicable pay period. The time limit is six days if the employee works five or six days in a calendar week, and seven days if the employee works seven days or fewer than five days in a calendar week. In addition, generally, most employees who are terminated must be paid all wages owed them on their last day of employment.

The Wage Act is a common source of confusion and employment disputes in Massachusetts, and both employees and employers need to be aware of the protections it does and does not offer. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth V. Kurnos, P.C., in Boston have experience handling employment-related litigation, including Wage Act claims, and can provide you with the skilled guidance and advocacy you need.

Wage Act Violations

The Wage Act is not new, but it is being enforced more regularly now than it has been in the past. Common Wage Act violations include:

  • Failure to pay timely wages (including commissions when earned (a draw in lieu is insufficient if it cumulatively hasn't paid all commissions then due), unused vacation time and holiday pay)
  • Agreements to pay less
  • Alternative payment agreements
  • Unlawful settlements
  • Disputes over what is considered a wage (for instance, discretionary bonuses are not wages)

We have represented employees who have been harmed financially due to unpaid wages, unpaid commissions and other Wage Act violations. We have also represented employers who wanted to make sure they are in compliance with the Wage Act and other Massachusetts employment and labor statutes. Whatever your situation, you will find a strong advocate in our legal team. We recently prevailed for a salaried plus commissioned salesman who received a draw against commissions which did not keep up with his commission earnings.

Result

You may be entitled to three times the amount of wages due, interest and attorneys' fees. Also, individuals including officers and agents who manage the company, and specifically, the company's president and treasurer, are personally liable along with the company.

Contact Us About Your Wage-Related Legal Claim In Massachusetts

Has your pay been delayed or denied in violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act? Are you an employer who wants to make sure you are in compliance with the Wage Act? Our lawyers are here to help. You can reach us online or by telephone at 617-557-4900 to schedule an initial consultation.