Know Your Rights as a Waiter or other Tipped Employee

Jobs like waiting tables are financially worthwhile because of tips. A waiter or waitress needs these tips to supplement their wages because being a tipped employee is an exception to Massachusetts minimum wage law, but only under specific conditions that are not necessarily widely known. Some employers may be counting on this in order to avoid paying you your rightful compensation. For this reason, Tom Kiley and his team of tipped employee attorneys in Boston at the Kiley Law Group want you to be aware of the labor laws regarding tipping. Know your rights!

Know Your Rights as a Tipped Employee

No employee may be paid less than $8.00 per hour under Massachusetts minimum wage law, but this rule bends a little bit when it comes to tipped employees. A tipped employee may be paid less than minimum wage as long as their wages and tips combine to equal minimum wage. If your paycheck for your work week ends up being less than it would have been at minimum wage, even with tips, your employer is responsible for making up the difference. Continue reading “Know Your Rights as a Waiter or other Tipped Employee”

What to Do if Your Rights are Being Violated at Work| Wage and Hour Law

No one wants to believe that they are being cheated by their employer, but it is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. You may notice that your paychecks are consistently less than you think they should be; maybe you’ve been working overtime, but haven’t been getting paid for it; perhaps your employer refuses to pay you your final wages; or your boss may have even misclassified your position as salary in order to avoid paying you overtime.

These and many other deceptive business practices are a violation of Massachusetts and federal labor laws. Every employee has the right to be treated fairly and paid appropriate wages, but employers often take advantage of your desire to keep your job in order to get away with illegal practices that benefit themselves. This is the main reason why employees tend to keep quiet when they suspect something is amiss. Continue reading “What to Do if Your Rights are Being Violated at Work| Wage and Hour Law”