Massachusetts Hours of Work laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Hours of Work: What you need to know

An employee who reports for duty either at the request of the employer or with the employer's permission must be paid for at least 3 hours at no less than the applicable minimum wage, even if no work is assigned (454 CMR 27.04). Charitable organizations are exempt from this requirement.
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Employees who work more than 6 hours in any one calendar day must be allowed a meal break of at least 30 minutes. Exempt from this requirement, however, are ironworks, glassworks, printworks, paper mills, letterpress establishments, and bleaching and dyeing works. The commissioner of Labor may issue additional exemptions to individual employers if the continuous nature of the establishment's processes or some other special circumstance, including a collective bargaining agreement, justifies an exemption (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 149 Sec. 100).
Massachusetts requires most employers to give workers a day off every week.
All on-call time is considered compensable working time unless the employee is not required to be at the worksite or another location and is effectively free to use his or her time for his or her own purposes 454 CMR 27.04.
Massachusetts places limits on the hours that may be worked by children under the age of 18.
Railroad workers. Conductors, guards, drivers, dispatchers, and motor, gate, and brake operators of street, electric, and elevated railways may not be required to work more than 9 hours in a day, and their workday must be completed within an 11-hour period.
Motor transporters. Drivers who transport goods must be given 8 hours off after 12 hours on duty and 10 hours off if they work 16 hours in any one 24-hour period (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 159B Sec. ...

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