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Happy New Year! Changes Coming to MA Wage and Hour Law

Published:  November 30, 2018


As we enter the month of December, employers need to be aware of changes, and potential changes, coming to wage and hour law in 2019.

First, if you haven’t already, you should begin making preparations for an increase in the Massachusetts hourly minimum wage to $12.00 per hour starting January 1, 2019. This is the first step in the implementation of the Grand Bargain that will see the Massachusetts hourly minimum wage rise to $15.00 per hour by 2023. January 1, 2019 also brings with it an increase in the minimum wage for tipped employees to $4.35 per hour and for those that qualify, the “premium” rate of pay for Sunday work will decrease from 1.5 to 1.4.

Remember the planning that you did in order to comply with the Department of Labor’s new salary exemption rules back in 2016?  Well, don’t put those plans away just yet. The Department of Labor announced in its fall regulatory agenda that it would be proposing a new rule regarding salary exemptions in March 2019. The DOL’s only public statement on the proposed new rule is that it will “propose an updated salary level for exemption”. Once the new rule is announced by the DOL, there will be a period of public comment and it is possible revisions could be made before the new rule is ultimately enacted. Employers will want to monitor the progress of the new rule so that they can be prepared for any additional potential changes in wage and hour law in 2019.

As 2019 comes to a close, our blogs will examine the changes we have seen in employment law in 2018, the effects those changes have had on businesses and also what employers can expect to encounter in 2019.

If you have any questions regarding employment law, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.

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