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David G. Gabor, Esq. 

 David Gabor is widely recognized as an expert in the area of employment, human resources and business law. He has been called upon to proactively represent clients in litigation, the negotiation and drafting of contracts, handling compliance issues, the creation of corporate infrastructure, the drafting of policies, training of employees and leading companies towards organizational excellence. 

  

 

 

 

The Wagner Law Group

The Wagner Law Group is a nationally recognized practice in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits, trusts and estates, employment, labor and human resources,  investment management, immigration and family law.

 

Established in 1996, The Wagner Law Group is dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, excellence and thought leadership and is considered to be amongst the nation's premier ERISA and employee benefits law firms. The firm has seven offices across the country, providing unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities worldwide. The Wagner Law Group's 33 attorneys, senior benefits consultant and five paralegals combine many years of experience in their fields of practice with a variety of backgrounds. Seven of the attorneys are AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and six are Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, an invitation-only organization of nationally recognized employee benefits lawyers.  Seven of the firm's attorneys have been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list for 2017, which highlights outstanding lawyers based on a rigorous selection process.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

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The Wagner Law Group

 

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Boston 

Tel: (617) 357-5200 

Fax: (617) 357-5250 

99 Summer Street 

13th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

 

Washington, D.C.

Tel: (202) 969-2800

 

Fax: (202) 969-2568

 800 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Suite 810

Washington, D.C. 20006

 

Chicago

Tel: (847) 990-9034

Fax: (847) 557-1312

190 South LaSalle Street

Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60603

 

  

Palm Beach Gardens 

Tel: (561) 293-3590
Fax: (561) 293-3591
7108 Fairway Drive
Suite 125
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

   

Tampa

Tel: (813) 603-2959

Fax: (813) 603-2961

101 East Kennedy Boulevard

Suite 2140
Tampa, FL  33602 

  

San Francisco

Tel: (415) 625-0002

Fax: (415) 358-8300

300 Montgomery Street

Suite 600

San Francisco, CA 94104

  

St. Louis

Tel: (314) 236-0065

Fax: (314) 236-5743
25 W. Moody Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63119

 

Lincoln, MA
Tel: (617) 532-8080
Fax: (617) 532-9090
55 Old Bedford Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

 

 

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July 2, 2018

 

 

Employment Law Alert

 

 "Grand Bargain" Minimum Wage Increase in Massachusetts

 

 

 

  

Massachusetts has enacted a "grand bargain" minimum wage law that will gradually increase the state's minimum wage from $11 per hour to $15 over the next five years. Simultaneously, it will phase out required time-and-a-half pay for Sundays and certain holidays.

New Law

 

Under the new law:

 

  • The minimum wage will increase to $12 per hour in 2019.  From there, the wage will increase to $12.75 in 2020, $13.50 in 2021, $14.25 in 2022, and finally $15 in 2023.  The minimum wage for employees who receive tips is also scheduled to increase by 60 cents per year, from $3.75 in 2018 to $6.75 by January of 2023. 
  • Starting in January of 2019, eligible workers will be paid 140% of their standard wage for Sundays and legal holidays as recognized by Massachusetts, rather than time-and-a-half.  This percentage will decrease by 10% annually until January of 2023, when workers will be paid their regular working wage on Sundays and holidays. Massachusetts recognizes the following legal holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington's Birthday, Patriot's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

 

Takeaways

 

 

 

Employers are advised to anticipate increases in operational costs as the minimum wage increases over the next five years.  Some of these new costs may be offset by other provisions of the  law, including the elimination of time-and-a-half pay and their gradual implementation.  Nevertheless, employers should still anticipate taking on increased operational costs and plan accordingly.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Gabor, head of The Wagner Law Group's Employment Law Department.

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Gabor, head of The Wagner Law Group's employment law practice.

 

 

 

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