An employee who is also a minority shareholder in a Massachusetts closely held corporation has significantly greater rights than an employee at will. What is a “closely held corporation?” A closely held corporation is one that (1) has few stockholders, (2) no ready market for the stock and (3) the majority stockholder is substantially involved . . . → Read More: Rights of Minority Shareholder/Employees in Close Corporations
Employees who work on a commission basis often question whether they are entitled to receive commissions upon the termination of their employment. Massachusetts law provides that an employee who is terminated from employment involuntarily must be paid in full on the day of his or her discharge. These wages would include earned base salary, accrued . . . → Read More: Commissions As Wages For Terminated Employees
What rights, if any, do employees (non-union) have when they are laid off or fired from their jobs? First, Massachusetts law requires that the employer give the employee all wages owed. If the company lets the employee go, the employee must be paid on his or her last day, not during the next pay cycle. . . . → Read More: Rights of Laid Off and Fired Employees in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has extended the protection of its civil rights laws to to transgender individuals, adding protections against discrimination in housing education, employment and credit. The bill, which was signed by Governor Deval Patrick on November 23, 2011, adds gender identity as a protected category to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B, the state’s anti-discrimination law. Previously . . . → Read More: Massachusetts Extends Legal Protections to Transgender Individuals
Here’s the question: Can a company fire an employee without notice? Is the employee entitled to severance pay or any additional type of pay upon termination? Is it legal to fire an employee without notice where the employer states that the employee is unreliable?
Here’s the answer: In Massachusetts, non-union employees without a contract are . . . → Read More: Can An Employee Be Terminated Without Notice in Massachusetts?