Massachusetts Minimum Wage laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Minimum Wage: What you need to know

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The following types of employees are excluded from the law's minimum wage requirements (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151 Sec. 1):
• Agricultural workers under the age of 18
• Employees working under rehabilitation or training programs in charitable, educational, or religious institutions
• Members of religious orders
• Outside sales personnel
• Golf caddies
• Camp counselors and trainees
In addition, the state provides exemptions for certain white-collar employees.
Agricultural workers. Massachusetts has a special minimum wage for agricultural workers.
Workers with disabilities. Workers whose earning capacity is impaired by age or physical or mental infirmity may qualify for employment at wages below the minimum, but only with a certificate issued by state labor authorities.
Learners and apprentices. Learners may be paid at a rate below the minimum wage, but only with a certificate issued by state labor authorities. However in merchandising, retail establishments, and laundries, employees must receive the minimum wage after completing 80 hours of employment (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151 Sec. 7).
Student workers. Students employed by a hospital or laboratory in a formal training program and students employed by a college or other educational institution may pay student workers 80 percent of the minimum wage (455 MA Admin. Code Sec. 2.05). A license permitting the subminimum wage must be issued by the state labor authorities. Minimum wage waivers are also available for student workers employed as summer camp counselors. The Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety ...

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