New Law Triples Exposure For Mass. Employers

Law360, New York (April 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A controversial amendment to Massachusetts wage and hour laws was enacted April 14, 2008, and will likely cause significant changes to the employment litigation landscape in the Commonwealth.

Under the new law, employers must pay triple damages for violations of the state’s complex wage and hour laws.

Prior to this change, employees could request triple damages, but judges had the discretion not to award them.

Triple damages are now mandatory, and employers can no longer argue as a defense that they acted in good faith....
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