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How do Massachusetts Blue Laws affect employment?

Massachusetts Blue Laws are an old set of laws that limit commerce on Sundays and certain holidays. The Blue Laws have their roots in a time where Church and State were less separated, and Puritan traditions had an effect on lawmaking. But while those laws are still present, they have changed greatly over the years. […]

Are you eligible for worker’s compensation in Massachusetts?

In the state of Massachusetts, most employees are provided worker’s compensation by their employer, with some exceptions. Employers that fail to provide worker’s compensation for their employees can face serious legal consequences, including fines and criminal charges. The Law Offices of Attorney David Dishman are experienced in failure to provide worker’s compensation litigation. If you […]

Massachusetts Debates Non-compete Agreements

The Massachusetts state legislature is working on a compromise over a long-debated issue: non-compete agreements. The compromise is coming months after Governor Deval Patrick proposed doing away with non-compete agreements altogether, a move that the state of California has already gone through with. Regardless of where the compromise lands in Massachusetts, it is important to […]

Is your workplace tip policy legal?

Massachusetts takes the protection of its employees seriously. Employees who work primarily for tips are no exception. Tip pooling can be legal in some cases. For example, a restaurant owner can obligate their wait staff to share a reasonable part of their tips with a busboy. This is only legal because that employee is part […]

Employee’s Rights for Household Workers to Improve

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is soon to become one of just four states with legally enforceable rights for nannies and housekeepers. With the new laws, housekeepers working over 16 hours/week must be provided with a written contract outlining wages and working conditions promised. Rest time would be mandatory for full time workers, and live-in workers […]