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Salaried employees required to work holiday

In Massachusetts, are employers required to provide time-off compensation for the salaried staff required to work a holiday?

Neither federal law nor Massachusetts state law requires employers to provide employees with paid time off or subsequent time off for holidays. However, Massachusetts Blue Laws, enforced by the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, imposes restrictions on retail and manufacturing business openings on Sundays and holidays. Most retail businesses are prohibited from opening or employing workers on legal holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Employers who are permitted to operate on a holiday may be required to pay non-exempt employees premium wages. Employers are not required to provide premium pay to exempt employees. There are many exceptions to the Blue Laws; thus, employers must be diligent in ensuring the proper permits are received and employees are compensated appropriately.


This entry was posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 2:34 pm and is filed under
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