Massachusetts SJC rules employees at Chang & Sons farm in Whately are entitled to overtime

The state’s highest court on Friday reversed a lower-court ruling and decided that employees at a Franklin County farm are entitled to be paid overtime because the work they performed at the farm was not the same as farming. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ruled in favor of the 15 plaintiffs in the case of Ana Arias-Villano and others vs. Chang & Sons Enterprises of South Deerfield…The Central West Justice Center, which represented the 15 plaintiffs, hailed the ruling as an important victory for worker’s rights. Leticia Medina-Richman, managing attorney for the center, said the decision “brings clarity about what constitutes fair compensation for the many hours worked by those performing the kinds of tasks that the plaintiffs performed.” Read more in The Springfield Republican

Suit alleges bias in civil commitments for addiction

Ten men who have been ordered into treatment for addiction filed suit Thursday against several state agencies, alleging that they are unlawfully being held in a prison instead of a treatment facility. The men are represented by Prisoners’ Legal Services. Read more…

Cap on kids was a failed welfare experiment – MLRI & GBLS advocacy featured by Globe

A generation-long experiment that capped family welfare benefits, by penalizing those who gave birth while on public assistance, is at long last headed for the scrap heap of bad ideas in Massachusetts. Read more…

‘It’s Still Driving People Mad’: Critic Of Solitary Confinement Discusses Its Difficulties

Reporter Chris Burrell, with WGBH News partner the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, has been looking at solitary confinement in state prisons. Lizz Matos, executive director of the Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, discussed the issue further with WGBH… Read more…

More families, elders have no place to call home

Rising rents and stagnant wages have families and older residents struggling to remain in their homes. Of the state’s 20,068 homeless individuals, 13,257 were people in families with children. Read more…

Medford musician fights eviction from home of 70 years

The trouble began after Joe Lentino took a reverse mortgage in 2007 to get out from under his debt. Then he lost some gigs playing in jazz bands. And he started missing tax payments on the modest white house where he’s lived for about 70 years. Read more…

Managers underpaid, stole tips, threatened, Happy Lamb Hot Pot workers say at protest

Workers assembled outside Happy Lamb Hot Pot in Central Square to protest alleged wage theft by management, which came to light during a legal clinic put on by Greater Boston Legal Services, according to GBLS attorney Bethany Li. Read more…

School Bullying Laws Not Being Followed

(WHDH) — Is there secret bullying going on in your child’s school? Investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan discovered who’s been leaving your kids at risk, and now changes are in the works. Read more…

Under Trump Administration, Some Vietnamese Immigrants Face Uncertain Fate

It’s a Saturday afternoon at a community center in Dorchester. More than a dozen people sit in metal folding chairs, organized in a circle and leaning forward, listening to the free legal advice being offered. Read more…

As rents soar in Boston, low-income tenants try to stave off eviction

The Thursday vibe at the sprawling Edward W. Brooke Courthouse on New Chardon Street in downtown Boston has a jittery, jagged edge to it. Thursday is trial day for eviction cases at Eastern Housing Court, where landlords and tenants from Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and eight other cities and towns square off. The busy hallway outside Courtroom 10 looks like an anxiety fair, with attorneys from legal aid clinics at tables surrounded by tenants with the desperate air of people who know that they might soon find themselves homeless…If Stanley had worked from the beginning with an attorney, he likely would have been able to find a way to stay, or at least gained more time to move, says Zoe Cronin, managing attorney of the housing unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, which offers free legal help to low-income tenants.

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