Do Massachusetts fast food franchises violate labor laws?
Examples of labor law violations:
Minimum wage violations – Not paying employees the minimum wage. This can happen in a variety of ways, such as when employees are required to pay for uniforms, causing net pay to sink below minimum wage. The Massachusetts minimum wage is $8.00/hr., and the Federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr.
Break violations – Not granting breaks, or deducting a 30 minute lunch break from pay, without actually allowing the break.
Overtime violations – Not paying employees for time and a half for work over 40 hours in a week.
“Off-the-clock” violations – Requiring employees to do unpaid work before or after punching in.
Paycheck docking violations – Deducting money from paychecks for cash register shortages when this causes the paycheck to fall below minimum wage.
Misclassification violations – Illegally designating employees as “Independent Contractors,” Providing 1099 instead of W2 forms to employees to save the business money.