Sundays and Holidays (M.G.L.c. 136, ss. 1 - 15)
- Manufacturers, except those with continuous operations, must obtain permits to operate on Sunday or holidays by filing a written request with the Chief of Police of their town.
- Retailers may open at Sundays and legal holidays without a local police permit.
- For retailers Sunday work is voluntary; it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee who refuses to work on Sunday.
- As of January 1, 2022, retailers employing eight or more people must pay 1.1 times the regular rate to nonexempt employees.
- All employees who work Sunday, with certain spedified exceptions, must be given one full day of rest every seven days. (M.G.L.c. 149, ss. 47 & 48)
- Retailers may open at anytime on Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day. On Columbus Day they may open after noon and on Veterans Day after 1:00 p.m.
- Work on any holiday is voluntary. Employees are protected from retaliation for refusing to work on legal holidays.
- Legal holidays in Massachusetts include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, June 19th, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. (M.G.L.c. 4, s. 7)
- Also any work performed on New Years Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day must this year be paid at 1.2 times the regular rate of pay.
- On Friday, July 24, 2020, Governor Baker signed a bill designating Juneteenth (June 19th) as an annual state holiday in Massachusetts. On such a holiday, work may be performed without a permit, but the premium pay and voluntariness of employment requirements are applicable. In June of 2022 the premium rale will be 1.1 times the regular rate of pay; and in June of 2023 the premium pay requirement will phase out entirely.
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