Massachusetts Emergency Closings laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Emergency Closings: What you need to know

Under Massachusetts minimum wage regulations, when an employee who is scheduled to work 3 or more hours reports for duty at the time set by the employer and that employee is not provided with the expected hours of work, the employee must be paid for at least 3 hours that day at no less than the basic minimum wage (MA Code of Regs. Tit. 455 Sec. 2.03).
Exceptions and variances. Charitable organizations are exempt from this requirement. The commissioner of labor is authorized to reduce the required minimum pay on a showing of good cause by an employer.
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In an extreme natural or man-made emergency, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency may issue an evacuation order applying to all persons within an area indicated by identifiable boundaries. Such an order would necessitate the emergency closing of businesses within the area. Prescribed evacuation routes should be used by employees when leaving.

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