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New W-2 Phishing Scam

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

There is a newer, highly successfully, W-2 phishing scam that has been going around. The IRS urges employers to educate their payroll personnel about this scam because it ended up fooling thousands of employees and hundreds of businesses last year. The general goal of the scam is to trick payroll personnel, or people with access to the payroll records, into giving out the personal information of the employees of the organization. The IRS reported that the scam affected all types of organizations including public schools, hospitals, universities, charities, and tribal governments.

The fraudsters will find out who the executives are in the organization then send an email to the payroll personnel requesting copies of all the employees W-2’s, the emails appear to be coming from the executives in the company. The W-2 contains the information criminals need in order to file a fraudulent tax return or sell the information on the dark web. Also be aware that the fraudster may start the conversation out with some light banter before they get into asking for the sensitive information of the employees.

Businesses that receive this type of email but don’t fall victim to it should report it to If your business does become a victim and W-2’s were sent out, you should email

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above issues.

Human Resource Bulletin – Employing Minors This Summer

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

By Dan Gleason, Human Resource RX


Employing Minors this Summer

Now that summer’s here it’s a good time to remind everyone of the Massachusetts Child Labor Laws.

  • Generally children must be 14 to work. 
  • All minors must have a work permit.
  • Labor laws for minors require that employers pay a minor minimum wage.   As of 2010, the minimum wage in the Commonwealth was set at $8 per hour.
  • A minor is permitted to work only six days a week.
  • Summer is from July 1 through Labor Day


14 & 15 Years Olds:

  • May work between:
    •  7 am and 7 pm during the school year.
    • 7 am and 9 pm during the summer months.
    • Can work  a total of:
      • 3 hours per day and 18 hours per week during the school year.
      • 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week during the summer.


16 & 17 Year Olds:

  • May work between:
    •  6am and 10pm during the school year.  (Establishments that stop serving clients or customers at 10 pm may employ a minor till 10:15 pm.)
    • 6am and 11:30 pm (12 midnight for restaurants) during the summer
    • Can  work a total of:
      • 9 hours per day and 48 hours per week all year round


There are some exceptions that do allow children to work under the age of 14. 

9 & older may deliver newspapers with consent of their parents. 

10 & 11 may engage in limited seasonal work with permission of the federal Secretary of Labor. 

12 or older may sell certain articles for sale in public places, although selling door-to-door is prohibited until the age of 16. 

12 & 13 may work on farms with their parents or at other farms with consent of their parents.
After 8 pm a minor of any age must have direct adult supervision at the workplace. The only exception is if the minor works at a kiosk, stand or cart in an enclosed shopping mall with security on duty.

Remember that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has established these specific labor laws for the wellbeing of minors.  The failure to follow the laws may result in fines or even criminal prosecution in some cases.    For more information the Attorney General maintains a program called Labor Low Down–Youth Employment Laws.  The program provides information to employers, youth and parents about labor laws for minors in the Commonwealth which can be found at

Also remember safety always comes first.  There are many restrictions on the types of job a minor can perform and equipment a minor may use.   For a complete listing of prohibited Jobs (Hazardous Orders) go to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) website at