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REVISED MA 2019 CALENDAR
Thursday, November 15, 2018 -


When 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.

 

However, 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.

 

We 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 2019.

 

With 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.

 

Remember, 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.

 

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

          MASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION’S LISTING OF         

 

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                  $#@MEMORIAL DAY                          OPEN ALL DAY

 

JULY 4                       THURSDAY              $#INDEPENDENCE DAY                   OPEN ALL DAY

 

SEPTEMBER 2        MONDAY                  $#LABOR DAY                                      OPEN ALL DAY

 

OCTOBER 14           MONDAY                  $$#!COLUMBUS DAY                         OPEN AT NOON

 

NOVEMBER 11       MONDAY                  $$#!VETERAN’S DAY                         OPEN AFTER 1:00PM

 

NOVEMBER 28       THURSDAY              @THANKSGIVING DAY                      CLOSE ALL DAY

 

DECEMBER 25       WEDNESDAY          @CHRISTMAS DAY                             CLOSE ALL DAY

 

$  Retail 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.

# Retail work - is voluntary on these holidays (& Sundays).  Work can be required on other listed holidays (unless closed).

!  Restrictive 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 $, $$ AND #.

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).

Daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 10, 2019 and ends Sunday, November 3, 2019.


Posted By : Megan Servello

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