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Electronic Data Systems v. Attorney General (MA. 2009)

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Massachusetts High Court Rules Discharged Workers Are Owed Vacation Pay.

Ogletree Deakins • August 05, 2009
The state’s highest court recently ruled that an employee who earned and was entitled to paid vacation time under the terms of his employment agreement and who was involuntarily discharged was entitled to payment for his unused vacation time. According to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, while state law does not require employers to provide employees with paid vacation, when the employer does so, an employee’s entitlement is another form of compensation, which is due upon discharge.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Employers Must Pay Terminated Employees For Any Unused Vacation Time.

Fisher Phillips • June 15, 2009
On June 11, 2009, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling in the case of Electronic Data Systems v. Attorney General holding that, under the provisions of the Massachusetts Wage Act (Massachusetts General Laws chapter 149 § 148) employers must compensate any involuntarily discharged employee for unused accrued vacation time. This ruling is consistent with a 1999 advisory issued to all employers by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.