Frequently asked questions about COVID-19: Employee rights and employer obligations, Mass. Attorney General’s Office.
MGL c.149, § 148 Payment of wages
In most circumstances, if you are fired you should be paid in full on your last day.
"any employee discharged from such employment shall be paid in full on the day of his discharge..."
Can an employee be fired for no reason?, Archived from Boston Globe, 2005.
Although it seems almost impossible to believe, employers in Massachusetts, or in any other employee-at-will state, can fire any employee at any time for any reason — or even for no reason at all. An employer can terminate any employee, with or without notice.
Exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, Robert S. Mantell, 2016.
"The at-will employment doctrine, that an employee can be terminated for any reason or for no reason, is a doctrine whose validity is dwarfed by its numerous exceptions." This article lists those exceptions with references to statutes and cases.
Worker’s guide to advance notice of closings and layoffs, U.S. Department of Labor.
“The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs…This guide provides a brief overview of the WARN Act provisions and answers to frequently asked questions about employee rights.”
Employee discharge and documentation, Lorman Education Services, 2008.
Hiring and firing in Massachusetts, by John F. Adkins, MCLE, c2007.
Human resource law from A to Z, NBI, 2019.
Human resource law: what you need to know now, NBI, 2017.
Labor and employment in Massachusetts, Jeffrey L. Hirsch, 2nd edition, LexisNexis, loose-leaf.
Chapter 18: Termination of Employment.
Representing a plaintiff in a wrongful termination case, 7th ed., MCLE, 2022.
1. Interviewing the client -- 2. Evaluating claims and damages -- 3. Anticipating employer defenses -- 4. Counseling the client on strategy options -- 5. Litigating the claim -- 6. Trying the case.
Contact for Massachusetts law about employment termination
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