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Getting in on the (class) action

Though lawyers who represent employers insist that wage-and-hour class actions are on the rise in Massachusetts, plaintiffs’ attorneys dismiss the claim as a scare tactic in the debate over recent changes to the state’s Wage Act. The employment law firm of Littler Mendelson, which tracked labor lawsuits filed in the state and federal courts over the summer, was prompted by the activity on the dockets to warn its clients that a tsunami of wage-and-hour class actions is engulfing the state.

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You’re fired!

Sometimes a company’s in-house counsel knows that his or her relationship with a private law firm or lawyer is just not going to work. Maybe the employment contract negotiations were a little off, or the bill had an unexplained charge. Or maybe the outside lawyer’s work seemed blatantly unprofessional.

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Case on co. handbooks sends further warning

An appellate court ruling entitling a retired employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to be compensated for unused sick time falls in line with previous decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on issues involving company handbooks and emphasizes the ...

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