the so-called “grand bargain” was signed into law this past June, the
legislation did not address premium pay for any holidays next year and beyond,
only premium pay on Sundays. To address the situation, the administration
later signed legislation that called for the three summer holidays (Memorial
Day, July 4 and Labor Day) to also be included in the phase-out of premium pay,
which drops to 1.4x the hourly rate, next year.
they did not address the other premium pay holidays of New Year’s Day, Columbus
Day and Veteran’s Day. Attached is the revised holiday calendar for 2019
to reflect this oversight.
will be filing legislation to have all six premium pay holidays consistent with
the phase out of premium pay on Sundays in time to affect Columbus Day and
Veteran’s Day next year, but will not be able to address New Year’s Day for
regards to Premium pay as it drops below 1.5x the hourly rate to 1.4x for
Sundays and certain holidays beginning in 2019, some employers have suggested they
will pay their employees who work more than 40 hours/week at the rate of 1.5x
for any premium pay worked as a way to keep those premium pay hours from
counting towards overtime hours, and will pay their employees who work less
than 40 hours at the rate of 1.4x for any hours worked on premium pay Sundays
and certain holidays, as allowed by law.
premium pay hours can only be deducted from any overtime hours as long as they
are paid at 1.5x the hourly rate. If dropped to 1.4x the hourly rate they
can no longer be deducted and must also be counted towards overtime hours.
contact the office if you have any questions.
MASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION’S LISTING
2019 MASSACHUSETTS LEGAL HOLIDAYS
The following is a listing of the
legal holidays observed in Massachusetts. Public offices are closed on all of these
days or observed days. Certain holidays
in the Commonwealth are subject to laws that restrict the type of work that can
be conducted, as well as the kind of business and commercial activities that
can operate on these days. On holidays
that are not subject to these laws, businesses and commercial activities may
operate as usual.
DATE DAY HOLIDAY OPEN/CLOSE
JANUARY 1 TUESDAY $$#NEW
YEAR’S DAY OPEN ALL DAY
JANUARY 21 MONDAY MARTIN
LUTHER KING DAY OPEN ALL DAY
FEBRUARY 18 MONDAY PRESIDENT’S
DAY OPEN ALL DAY
APRIL 15 MONDAY PATRIOT’S DAY OPEN ALL DAY
MAY 27 MONDAY
JULY 4 THURSDAY $#INDEPENDENCE DAY OPEN ALL DAY
SEPTEMBER 2 MONDAY $#LABOR DAY OPEN ALL DAY
OCTOBER 14 MONDAY $$#!COLUMBUS
NOVEMBER 11 MONDAY $$#!VETERAN’S
DAY OPEN AFTER 1:00PM
NOVEMBER 28 THURSDAY @THANKSGIVING
DECEMBER 25 WEDNESDAY @CHRISTMAS
DAY CLOSE ALL DAY
hourly wages - must be paid at the
rate of 1.4X
the employees regular rate of pay on these holidays and all Sundays. It drops from 1.5X
of the employees regular rate.
$$ STILL PAYS 1.5 X the employer rate on New Years Day 2019 until
adjusted to 1.4X in time for Columbus Day.
work - is voluntary on
these holidays (& Sundays). Work can
be required on other listed holidays (unless closed).
hours - Companies may operate
all day on these holidays by obtaining a local permit.
@Alcohol Sales – OFF
PREMISE LICENSEES MAY REMAIN OPEN UNTIL 11:30PM THE DAY BEFORE ANY
HOLIDAY. SALES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON
THANKSGIVING DAY AND CHRISTMAS DAY AND BEFORE NOON ON MEMORIAL DAY. STATEWIDE SALES ARE ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS
AFTER THE HOUR OF 10:00AM (local restrictions may apply). THOSE WITH MORE THAN 7 EMPLOYEES MUST ADHERE
TO $, $$
THE SALE OF GOODS ON THOSE DAYS
AND TIMES NOT ALLOWED (UNLESS A PERMIT IS ACQUIRED) ARE SUBJECT TO A FINE OF
NOT LESS THAN $20 NOR MORE THAN $100 1ST OFFENSE, NOT LESS THAN $50
NOR MORE THAN $200 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE.
EACH SALE OF AN ITEM CONSTITUTES A SEPARATE OFFENSE. ALL DAYS LISTED ARE BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL
HOLIDAYS (EXCEPT FOR PATRIOT’S DAY – A STATE HOLIDAY ONLY).
savings time begins Sunday, March 10, 2019 and ends Sunday, November 3, 2019.