The new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The basic concept of the statute is that you cannot pay employees differently based on gender. You are busy running your business, but don't ignore this statute. You could face lawsuits that result in high damages awards and an award of the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and litigation costs. There are attorneys who will be actively targeting your company to find violations. The statute will be irresistible because any employee will be able to show a prima facie case if he or she is paid less than employees of another gender for comparable work. The statute is unclear on the employee's burden of proof, but it may fall to the employer to justify any discrepancies in pay.
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An LLC (Limited Liability Company) Member in Massachusetts has a right to inspect certain records of the LLC. This includes basic information, such as the certificate of organization, the names and addresses of all Members and Managers, and a copy of the operating agreement.
Think carefully before you embroil your company in a lawsuit. Lawsuits are expensive and risky. A lawsuit can backfire in several ways. You can face counterclaims. You can be charged with the legal fees and costs of your opponent if your claims are not well grounded. You expose your company to producing private business documents and testifying under oath, which can open you up to more problems.
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