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November 18, 2008

Mandatory Triple Damages Amendments To Massachusetts Wage and Hour Law

MBJ attorney Daniel S. Field, along with John Tocci, will lead an afternoon roundtable seminar on the retroactivity of the legislative amendments calling for mandatory triple damages for Massachusetts wage and hour violations, and will include a discussion of the history of the law, evolving authority regarding mandatory costs and attorneys’ fees under Massachusetts state wage laws, and recent wage and hour litigation trends.


This timely legislative update is designed for attorneys. Others who may benefit from this teleconference include human resource managers, in-house counsel, benefit administrators, payroll professionals, compliance officers, business owners and managers, controllers and accountants.


In early 2008, the Massachusetts legislature amended Massachusetts’ Wage and Hour Laws, including the Massachusetts Wage Act, to make triple or “treble” damages automatically available to prevailing plaintiffs in wage and hour cases.  The issue of whether treble damages were automatically recoverable had long been the subject of debate until the watershed 2005 Supreme Judicial Court decision in Wiedmann v. Bradford Group, Inc, which held that the award of treble damages required evidence of a willful violation.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 4:30 pm
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


To register, please visit the BBA's website by clicking here or contact the BBA by telephone at (617) 742-0615.