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Following Worcester complaint, Wendy’s to pay $400K over child labor law violations

Following Worcester complaint, Wendy's to pay $400K over child labor law violations Worcester Business Journal Staff | February 18, 2020 Fast-food chain Wendy’s has entered into a $400,000 settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve a complaint of alleged violations of child labor laws, which originated out of a Wendy’s in Worcester but related to the company’s 46 corporate-owned locations throughout the state. [...]

February 18th, 2020|

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers. By Sheila Kaplan | February 12, 2020 Juul Labs, the vaping company that has long insisted it never marketed its products to teenagers, purchased ad space in its early [...]

February 12th, 2020|

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners By Emma Murphy | January 31, 2020 LOWELL — A Lowell real-estate broker has been found guilty of larceny and embezzlement from Cambodian-American homeowners. On Wednesday, a Middlesex Superior Court jury convicted Kevin Taing, 53, of Lowell of six counts of larceny by false pretenses and five counts of larceny by embezzlement, according to a press release [...]

January 31st, 2020|

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking By Attorney General Maura Healey | January 30, 2020 Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country and it’s happening right here in our own communities. This isn’t a victimless crime – it has an impact on real people who are exposed to trauma and abuse. January is Human Trafficking Prevention [...]

January 30th, 2020|

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations By Patrick Sargent | January 27, 2020 On Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced that restaurant chain Chipotle will pay $1.37 million in penalties for more than 13,000 child labor violations and other wage and hour law violations at each of its 50 corporate-owned locations in the state. Chipotle will also [...]

January 27th, 2020|

Facebook must disclose app records for Massachusetts probe, judge rules

Facebook must disclose app records for Massachusetts probe, judge rules By Jonathan Stempel | January 17, 2020 Facebook Inc has been ordered by a Massachusetts judge to turn over material to the state’s attorney general about thousands of apps that the social media company suspected may have misused customer data. In a decision made public on Friday, Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Brian Davis said Attorney [...]

January 17th, 2020|

Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking

Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking By Jessica Heslam | January 16, 2020 For three decades, Peter Qualliotine has worked to stop the sex trade and he recalled a conversation with a man who wanted to stop buying sex. “I just want to let you know I’m a good john. A lot of the girls are my friends. I would never hurt any of [...]

January 16th, 2020|

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees By WCVB5 Staff | January 8, 2020 For Harry Kumm, getting his first job at age 16 wasn't a problem. The local Domino's franchise needed workers. "The interview went smooth," he said. "Got hired right on the spot." But Kumm's afterschool job turned quickly into full-time work. He said he was on the clock for 35 hours per [...]

January 6th, 2020|

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers By Lowell Sun Editorial Board | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against eight online companies who they [...]

December 27th, 2019|

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100’s of Former Students

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100's of Former Students By Cape Cod Today Staff | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against [...]

December 27th, 2019|

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Following Worcester complaint, Wendy’s to pay $400K over child labor law violations

Following Worcester complaint, Wendy's to pay $400K over child labor law violations Worcester Business Journal Staff | February 18, 2020 Fast-food chain Wendy’s has entered into a $400,000 settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve a complaint of alleged violations of child labor laws, which originated out of a Wendy’s in Worcester but related to the company’s 46 corporate-owned locations throughout the state. The AG’s Office began investigating Wendy’s after receiving a complaint from a minor employed at a Wendy’s in Worcester alleging minor employees were working too late into the evening and too many hours per day. Wendy’s cooperated with the AG’s investigation and provided records for several locations showing the restaurant was in violation of two child labor [...]

February 18th, 2020|

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers. By Sheila Kaplan | February 12, 2020 Juul Labs, the vaping company that has long insisted it never marketed its products to teenagers, purchased ad space in its early days on numerous youth-focused websites, including those of Nickelodeon, the Cartoon Network, Seventeen magazine and educational sites for middle school and high school students, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Massachusetts attorney general. The suit, brought by the state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, presents some of the starkest evidence to date that the company was [...]

February 12th, 2020|

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners

Lowell real-estate broker convicted of stealing from homeowners By Emma Murphy | January 31, 2020 LOWELL — A Lowell real-estate broker has been found guilty of larceny and embezzlement from Cambodian-American homeowners. On Wednesday, a Middlesex Superior Court jury convicted Kevin Taing, 53, of Lowell of six counts of larceny by false pretenses and five counts of larceny by embezzlement, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. Taing was charged in connection with a scheme to steal over $580,000 by targeting homeowners in Lowell, Lynn, Lawrence, Attleboro and Chicopee, the release said. Taing was a licensed real -estate broker and principal of Eastern Funding & Investment, Inc. According to the AG’s office, Taing, who speaks Khmer, [...]

January 31st, 2020|

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking

Op-ed: Businesses can play a big role in stopping human trafficking By Attorney General Maura Healey | January 30, 2020 Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country and it’s happening right here in our own communities. This isn’t a victimless crime – it has an impact on real people who are exposed to trauma and abuse. January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month and a time to reflect on the progress we’ve made, and the work we have left to do. One thing has become clear — the business community can and must play a significant role to end this exploitation of some of our most vulnerable people. Over the past several years, we’ve developed expertise in investigating and [...]

January 30th, 2020|

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations

Chipotle to Pay State $2 Million for Thousands of Child Labor Violations By Patrick Sargent | January 27, 2020 On Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced that restaurant chain Chipotle will pay $1.37 million in penalties for more than 13,000 child labor violations and other wage and hour law violations at each of its 50 corporate-owned locations in the state. Chipotle will also pay $500,000 into a fund run by the AG’s office that will go towards education programs about child labor and enforcement laws, as well as training and workforce development for young workers. “Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are [...]

January 27th, 2020|

Facebook must disclose app records for Massachusetts probe, judge rules

Facebook must disclose app records for Massachusetts probe, judge rules By Jonathan Stempel | January 17, 2020 Facebook Inc has been ordered by a Massachusetts judge to turn over material to the state’s attorney general about thousands of apps that the social media company suspected may have misused customer data. In a decision made public on Friday, Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Brian Davis said Attorney General Maura Healey had demonstrated a “substantial need” for the material, as she investigates Facebook’s privacy practices. Healey began her probe in March 2018, following news that Facebook had let British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica access data for as many as 87 million users. Cambridge’s clients had included U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Davis [...]

January 17th, 2020|

Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking

Healey-led summit seeks solutions for sex trafficking By Jessica Heslam | January 16, 2020 For three decades, Peter Qualliotine has worked to stop the sex trade and he recalled a conversation with a man who wanted to stop buying sex. “I just want to let you know I’m a good john. A lot of the girls are my friends. I would never hurt any of them physically and I would never hurt them emotionally,” the man said. Then, the man paused. “Well, you know, I’m not really sure about the emotional thing because when you look in their eyes it’s like they’re not even there,” the man said. “It’s like they’re wearing a mask.” Qualliotine spoke Thursday at Attorney General Maura Healey’s [...]

January 16th, 2020|

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees

Local companies caught overscheduling and underpaying employees By WCVB5 Staff | January 8, 2020 For Harry Kumm, getting his first job at age 16 wasn't a problem. The local Domino's franchise needed workers. "The interview went smooth," he said. "Got hired right on the spot." But Kumm's afterschool job turned quickly into full-time work. He said he was on the clock for 35 hours per week, even staying past midnight on many nights. "I wasn't getting enough sleep," he said. "I just woke up to go to school." Under state law, employees who are 16 or 17 years old are prohibited from working past 10 p.m. on a school night. If they're 15 years old or younger, the clock stops at 7 [...]

January 6th, 2020|

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers

Editorial: AG Healey right to crack down on vaping vipers By Lowell Sun Editorial Board | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against eight online companies who they claim have continued to sell vape juice to Bay State residents, including minors. The complaint filed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office in Suffolk County Superior Court accuses out-of-state retailers of using the internet to skirt the new state law, passed in large part to shield minors from these potentially addictive, harmful products. The attorney general is [...]

December 27th, 2019|

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100’s of Former Students

Bay State College to Pay $1.1 Million in Relief for Misleading 100's of Former Students By Cape Cod Today Staff | December 27, 2019 Though Massachusetts became the first state in the country last month to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and e-liquids, it hasn’t stopped unscrupulous retailers from trying to circumvent that ban. State regulators have filed suit against eight online companies who they claim have continued to sell vape juice to Bay State residents, including minors. The complaint filed by Attorney General Maura Healey’s office in Suffolk County Superior Court accuses out-of-state retailers of using the internet to skirt the new state law, passed in large part to shield minors from these potentially addictive, harmful [...]

December 27th, 2019|