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
Employees in Massachusetts who are laid off or terminated from their jobs may receive a severance agreement to review and sign. While being laid off or terminated is typically a very traumatic event, an employee should not lose sight of the fact that a severance agreement may also present an opportunity.
Severance agreements are usually . . . → Read More: Severance Agreements: An Opportunity for Employees
Employees in Massachusetts who are laid off or terminated from their job will need to immediately reassess their financial situation. Given the job market, an employee who has lost a job may be out of work for a period of time. This is particularly true for older workers, who may find it difficult to replace . . . → Read More: Seven Financial Steps Following Job Loss
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
Before you sign that severance agreement in Massachusetts, consider whether there are documents that may have an impact on it. A severance agreement is a contract and employees should know the legal impact of the document before they sign it, even if it offers substantial severance pay. Here are a few of the documents you . . . → Read More: Before You Sign that Severance Agreement!
In an uncertain economy, many employees who have lost their job are concerned about how any potential employers might view a job termination. After all, we’ve seen the press about employers who are only interested in scooping up employees from their competitors and do not wish to receive resumes from the ranks of the unemployed. . . . → Read More: Five Ways to Protect Your Reputation and Job Search With a Severance Agreement
If you work for a company in Massachusetts, how do you know if you are about to lose your job and that you may need to start considering your options? Here are five warning signs that may eventually result in an employee filing for unemployment:
(1) You’ve been put on a performance improvement plan. By . . . → Read More: Are You About to Lose Your Job?: Six Warning Signs
When employers present employees in Massachusetts with severance agreements, they are typically looking to accomplish certain goals, such as: (1) assisting the employee in transitioning to a new job, (2) having the employee waive certain legal claims such as the right to file a complaint for age discrimination; or (3) reinforcing agreements the employee previously . . . → Read More: Understanding Massachusetts Severance Agreements: Part II
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?
Attend any event for employees in transition in Massachusetts and you will find a great number of older workers. According to a recent article in the New York Times entitled: “Older Workers Without Jobs Face Longest Time Out of Work,” the typical length of time out of work for a worker between the ages of . . . → Read More: Understanding Severance Agreements in Massachusetts: Top Ten Tips for Older Workers