Payments Are Perpetually Late

Dear Compliance Man:

My boss has a habit of paying us late. Is there anything we can do?

–Overdue in Otis

Dear Overdue:

Your boss may be late with the checks, but he’s on time when it comes to breaking the law.

Under Massachusetts law, late payment of wages is NOT allowed. Chapter 149, Section 148 of the state’s general code says that workers like you MUST be paid every two weeks. Employers who fail to deliver the checks on time are breaking the law and can be sued for back wages.

If you think you may have a case, call us at  1-877-507-3247, email us at, or fill out this electronic form. It’s free and confidential.

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