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Employer Liability: Massachusetts

Employer Liability requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan Borowski

Summary

  • For most private sector employers, liability for unfair labor practices is governed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Massachusetts State Labor Relations Law pertains to those employees who do not fall under the NLRA, and the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations is the government agency that investigates and adjudicates disputes under the state law. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • Employers may be liable for certain penalties and, in some cases, prison time for certain unfair labor practices. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • Employers may be liable for certain penalties and in some cases prison time for engaging in certain activities during a strike. See Unlawful Conduct During a Strike.
  • Employers may be liable for certain penalties and in some cases prison time for interfering with agency personnel. See Interfering with Agency Personnel.
  • Violations of provisions of the State Labor Relations Law that do not set forth certain penalties are punishable by lesser fines. See Penalties Under the State Labor Relations Law.
  • Employers generally are not liable for unlawful actions of officers or agents unless such acts were known and approved. See Liability for Officers, Agents.
  • Public employers have liability for engaging in certain illegal actions, as do public employer organizations. See Liability for Public Employers.