Employers in Massachusetts are generally barred from using age when making employment decisions. According to a recent poll, however, roughly half of the respondents said that age discrimination takes place in the workplace. However, about 60% of respondents who are 60 or older say that older workers are frequently the target of such discrimination. Conversely, only 43% of respondents who were 45 or younger said the same thing.
A new survey has found that 11% of workers over the age of 45 have experienced ageism on the job. This is in spite of the fact that it is illegal for employers in Massachusetts and elsewhere to discriminate based on a worker's age. Discrimination can take many forms such as not getting hired for a job or being demoted by an employer. It is generally accepted that ageism begins when a worker approaches age 50.
If you're paid commissions, you're entitled to get paid overtime when you work more than 40 hours in a week. That's what the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week in a decision called Sullivan v. Sleepy's LLC.
No job is only an exchange of money for work. Each workplace becomes a little culture with its own system of rewards and risks.
A proposed amendment to the Massachusetts House budget would allocate $500,000 to establish a special unit tasked with ensuring that construction companies in the state abide by wage and hours laws. The unit would be staffed with investigators who would look into alleged or suspected wage violations in the construction industry. The amendment is supported by several building trade labor unions. Observers expect it to be approved.