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I was wondering if you could answer a question for me about Massachusetts labor law. Regarding personnel records, my understanding is that any employer with 20 or more employees must have these records for each employee and must make them available to employees if they request them.

My question is, would this also apply to a contract employee working 35 hours a week in house? This was my situation recently until they terminated the contract due to, according to them, budget reasons. Would they have a personnel record for me that I could request to see so that I know the official reason they terminated the contract?

Answer
http://www.lawforchange.org/images/lfc/MassachusettsEmployment.pdf

Very good explanation of Massachusetts law in the link above.

In the State of Massachusetts you may be terminated at will without any reason for termination. It says that within 5 days of asking an employee must be allowed to view his records but I can find no mention that this also extends to contract workers. You might have to call the Massachusetts Department of labor to ask that question.

 Here is contact info for MA department of Labor

http://www.mass.gov/lwd/contacts.html

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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR

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I can answer questions pertaining to Compensation, Health Benefits, Retirement Plans, Payroll,Payroll taxes, Employee selection, Employee Termination, Training, and Employee Incentives. I have offices in U.S., Canada, UK, South Africa,Australia and NZ. I am most confident in the U.S. and Canadian but have knowledge of the internationals. I do not have extensive knowledge of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I do have some Human Resource Knowledge in those areas. Please do not ask me homework questions, I do not have time to answer them.

Experience

I currently hold both the U.S. and Canadian Payroll Certifications. I currently hold the SHRM PHR certification. I have worked in the Human Resources area with high emphasis on compensation and benefits for 25 years at the same company. My company is an international company and I work with our International offices whenever there is a Human Resource area needing addressed. I volunteer on the American Payroll Association hotline and have for the last 10 years or so. I answer many questions each week for other payroll and HR professionals, mostly on taxes, benefits and compensation issues. I have been the trustee for our 401K plan for Retirement benefits and our 125 Cafeteria Plan for Health Insurance benefits.

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SHRM, National APA, National DOLEA, State National Mentoring Network I.O.M.A. Advisory Board

Publications
I.O.M.A. BNA

Education/Credentials
Boise State University Human Resource Certificate Program PHR through SHRM CPP through American Payroll Association Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification through Canadian Payroll Association Published writer of Payroll and Benefit articles in a payroll Publication 25 years experience in an International Company

Awards and Honors
Citation of Merit 8 years in a row for hotline service for A.P.A. Honor Award for child mentoring service through RSVP and National Mentoring A "Pat on the Back" award for outstanding leadership as a Youth Group Leader by "The Salvation Army." Runner up for Employee of the Year at my Company twice and Employee of the month 4 times.

Past/Present Clients
I used to answer questions on Ask.com when they had a similar quesition and answer section. I volunteer for APA hotline I also belong to several HR forums when I often answer questions

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