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Massachusetts Overtime Pay Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Massachusetts must conform with these state rules regarding overtime pay for employees.

In Massachusetts, for a workweek in excess of 40 hours, employees must be paid one and one-half times their regular rate.

Tipped employees must be paid one and one-half times the applicable minimum wage rate.

Exemptions From the General Overtime Provision

The following are exempt from the overtime pay requirements:

  • janitors with living quarters who earn a minimum amount per week
  • caddies and newspaper carriers
  • certain executives or executive trainees
  • outside salespersons
  • apprentices and learners
  • fishermen
  • switchboard operators in a public exchange
  • motor vehicle drivers under the Interstate Commerce Commission
  • seasonal employees
  • seamen
  • certain persons who work in motels, restaurants, nonprofit summer camps, garages, amusement parks, hospitals, homes for the aged
  • nonprofit school employees
  • common carriers licensed and regulated by Massachusetts
  • farm laborers
  • child actors or performers
  • employers exempt from state minimum wage requirements

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