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Massachusetts Wage Payment Timing Requirements

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

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Employers in Massachusetts must comply with these state rules regarding the timing and frequency of wage payments.

All employers are covered by Massachusetts' wage payment law.

Employers must pay wages earned by employees at least on a weekly or biweekly basis; holdovers of six days are permitted if on a five- or six-day workweek or seven days if on a seven-day week, except that:

  • agricultural workers may be paid monthly
  • executive, administrative and professional employees, biweekly or semimonthly, unless they elect to be paid monthly
  • casual employees, within seven days after end of period

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