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By Adam J. Shafran Class action waivers are becoming increasingly prevalent in employment contracts due to their ability to make it more difficult for employees to assert class action lawsuits against their employers. However, the question is – can employers reasonably expect a court to uphold such an agreement and require an employee to pursue […]

by Adam J. Shafran Beginning on December 1, 2016, nearly five million employees will now be eligible for overtime compensation under new regulations issued by the United States Department of Labor, marking the first change in these laws since the 1970’s. Currently, executive, administrative and professional employees earning a salary of more than $23,660 per […]

by Adam J. Shafran On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court approved and submitted to Congress proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”). The FRCP are the procedural rules which govern every civil lawsuit brought in any federal court in the United States. These amendments, which took effect on December 1, […]

by Adam J. Shafran On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court approved and submitted to Congress proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”). The FRCP are the procedural rules which govern every civil lawsuit brought in any federal court in the United States. These amendments, which took effect on December 1, […]

byAdam J. Shafran, Esq. Internships, both paid and unpaid, are popular across nearly every industry throughout the country and in Massachusetts.

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. Under Massachusetts law, employees who work more than six hours a day must be allowed at least thirty minutes unpaid time for a meal break. A violation of the meal time provision is subject to fines between $300 and $600.

ByAdam J. Shafran, Esq. As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Massachusetts will be increasing to $9.00/hr. The Commonwealth has instituted an aggressive minimum wage initiative to raise the minimum wage $1.00 each year to ultimately reach $11.00 an hour as of January 1st 2017. 

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. Companies in all industries, large and small, should prepare themselves now for upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the federal law governing overtime wages. In March of this year, President Obama issued a memorandum to the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) mandating the DOL to update […]

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) is a federal law that has been appearing in lawsuits brought by employers against their former employees at an ever increasing rate. The CFAA prohibits employees from accessing their employer’s electronic information without authorization, and includes both criminal and civil causes of action. […]

By Adam J. Shafran, Esq. Massachusetts, like all other states, follows the employment doctrine known as “employee-at will.” The concept is rather straightforward. On one hand, when an employee is considered an employee-at-will, the employee can choose to leave his or her employment at any time, without advance notice, and without having to give a […]

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