During the 2011-2012 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation to increase protections for workers:
An Act clarifying the meal break law to allow for private enforcement
Under current law, workers who have been unjustly denied their meal breaks can not sue to get damages for those violations of their rights. This bill would allow them to do so.
An Act establishing uniform wage compliance and record keeping
This bill would address the current inconsistency within Massachusetts law with respect to the statutes of limitations for wage and hour laws. The bill would change the statute of limitations governing minimum wage and overtime violations from the current two years to three years, to match the three-year statute of limitations governing nonpayment of wages. There are no significant budgetary costs associated with passing the bill. This bill would simplify Massachusetts law by bringing it into harmony with the federal standards and make it easier to protect the rights of workers who are wrongly denied wages by their employers.