Massachusetts Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Telecommuting: What you need to know

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection implements the Massachusetts Rideshare Regulation to encourage private employers to allow the practice to decrease fuel consumption and toxic emissions, as well as workplace space requirements and energy use. Businesses and educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable employees are required to develop plans and set goals to reduce commuter trips by 25 percent. In addition, the Massachusetts Air Operating Permit Program applies to 250 or more applicable employees (310 Code Mass. Reg. 7.16).
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MassRIDES offers telecommuting information and support for employers at https://commute.com.
Massachusetts established the Alternative Work Options Program to give employees greater flexibility in their work schedules. The commonwealth provides telework guidance, resources, and best practices for its employees at https://www.mass.gov/..
The Massachusetts Wage Act provides that employers must reimburse employees for expenses, including mileage, and imposes stiff penalties for violations (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149).
Under Massachusetts law, no employee may be required to work for more than 6 consecutive hours without an interval of at least 30 minutes for a meal (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, § 10). An employee must be free to leave the workplace during the break. Meal periods must be paid time if employees are not relieved of all duties during that time. An employee can voluntarily give up the meal break but must be paid for all hours worked. Compensation for the 30-minute meal break must be paid if the employee has voluntarily agreed to waive his or her meal break by working through his or her ...

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