• Two Recent SJC Decisions Clarify the Scope of the Wage Act
  • March 20, 2018 | Author: Alexis P. Theriault
  • Law Firm: Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP - Boston Office
  • Every employer and employee in Massachusetts likely is aware of the Massachusetts Wage Act, G.L. c. 149, § 148, et seq. This law governs the wages employers pay to their employees, and one of the law's basic purposes is to ensure that employers promptly pay their employees. Seen by some as a boon to employee - plaintiffs, because it provides for automatic treble damages for late or unpaid wages, the Wage Act also imposes personal liability for violations on a company's president and treasurer and any officers or agents having management of the company. The Supreme Judicial Court recently issued two decisions that should help employers (and their board members and investors) understand their obligations and exposures.