HR Management & Compliance

Overtime: Massachusetts Employer Gets Bitten over Lunch Break Confusion

By Amelia J. Holstrom, JD

Massachusetts law, like federal law, requires employers to pay hourly employees overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. Under Massachusetts law, however, if an employee succeeds on a claim for unpaid overtime, she is automatically entitled to recover triple damages.

A recent appeals court decision highlights the importance of keeping accurate records of all hours worked by employees to determine when overtime compensation is owed. Failure to do so can lead to a costly wage and hour lawsuit, as one Massachusetts employer recently learned.

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