Massachusetts Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

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.
Sunday work. Retailers may open at any time on Sunday without the need for approval by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and without the need for local police permit, except for retailers of alcoholic beverages, which may not open until 10:00 a.m. on Sundays (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 136, Sec. 7 and Sec. 16).
A retail establishment that does not fall under specific statutory exemptions and that operates on Sundays is subject to the following two restrictions:
1. Retailers that employ more than seven employees, including the owner, are required to compensate employees who work on Sundays at a rate of pay not less than one and ...

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Massachusetts Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holiday
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