In Massachusetts, rights of minority shareholders who are also employees in a close corporation, are significantly greater than rights of employees 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 Shareholders and 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 laid off and fired employees all wages owed. If the company lets the employee go, the employee must be paid on his or her last day, not during the . . . → 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 an employee be terminated without notice? Is the employee entitled to severance pay or any additional type of pay upon termination? Can an employee be terminated without notice where the employer states that the employee is unreliable?
Here’s the answer: In Massachusetts, non-union employees without a contract are employees at will, . . . → Read More: Can An Employee Be Terminated Without Notice in Massachusetts?