Massachusetts Overtime Law


Massachusetts Minimum Wage Law

The Massachusetts minimum wage for most employees is $8.00 per hour.

Massachusetts Tipped Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for tipped employees (employees who receive more than $20 a month in tips) is $2.63 per hour. However, for tipped employees to be paid this rate, they must be informed of the law, must receive at least minimum wage when tips and wages are combined, and all tips must be retained by the employee or distributed through a valid tip-pooling arrangement. Tip-pooling arrangements must conform with the requirements of M.G.L. c. 149, §152A

Massachusetts Overtime Law

Under Massachusetts Overtime Law, most employees must be paid one and one-half times their regular hourly rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a given work week. State law does not require overtime after eight hours in a day.

Some employees are exempt from overtime, such as executives, professionals, and some seasonal workers. For a list of those employees exempt from overtime, click here: M.G.L. c. 151, §1A. Even if an employee is exempt from overtime under state law, it is important to check if federal law would still require overtime compensation. 

To learn more about Massachusetts Wage and Hour Law and Massachusetts Overtime Law visit the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development at http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=elwdsubtopic&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Workers+and+Unions&L2=Wage+and+Employment+Related+Programs&L3=Minimum+Wage+Program&sid=Elwd

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