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Massachusetts Employers Face Mandatory Treble Damages for Violations of Wage & Hour Laws

April 2008

On April 14, 2008, the Massachusetts Legislature amended the Massachusetts wage and hour laws, making treble damages (and attorney’s fees) mandatory for all violations of the Commonwealth’s complex wage and hour laws. The new law will be effective July 13, 2008, and dramatically increases the likelihood of wage and hour lawsuits as well as the amount of potential damages in such lawsuits for all companies doing business in Massachusetts.

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