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Massachusetts Holidays: What you need to know

Massachusetts observes the following as official holidays on which state offices, schools, most banks, and many private businesses are closed:
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King's Birthday
Third Monday in February Washington's Birthday
March 17 (Suffolk County only) Evacuation Day
Third Monday in April Patriots' Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
June 17 (Suffolk County only) Bunker Hill Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
Nothing in Massachusetts law requires private employers to give employees paid time off for any holiday. If, however, the company personnel policy identifies specific days as company holidays and provides premium pay for working on a holiday or provides the day off with pay, all employees must be treated in accordance with the policy. The Massachusetts Department of Labor will enforce such policies on behalf of employees.
If an employee in a retail establishment works on any one of the following six holidays, the law requires that he or she must be paid at the rate of time-and-one-half:
• New Year's Day
• Memorial Day
• July 4
• Labor Day
• Columbus Day
• Veterans Day
An employer cannot require an employee to work, or penalize an employee for not working, on these holidays. Most retail establishments must obtain special permits to open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
If any of the holidays listed above falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 4 Sec. 7; Ch. 136 Sec. 13; Ch. 136 Sec. 16).
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