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Under the protection afforded by Massachusetts state overtime laws, non-exempt employees must be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for every hour that exceeds a 40-hour work week. Because minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8.00 per hour, this means that employees who work overtime in Massachusetts must be paid at least $12.00 per hour. It’s important for the workers of Massachusetts to understand their potential right to overtime pay, so the nationally respected employment lawyers at Phillips Dayes Law Firm have compiled this overview of Massachusetts state overtime laws.

Massachusetts State Overtime Exemptions

The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, is the national body of laws overseen by the Department of Labor to help make sure American workers are treated and paid fairly. Massachusetts state overtime laws are very similar to the guidelines established by the FLSA in that the following types of employees are exempt from, or not entitled to, overtime pay:

  • Professional
  • Administrative
  • Executive

Massachusetts overtime laws may not afford the right to overtime pay to the following additional categories of workers:

  • Transportation workers
  • Certain farm and agriculture workers
  • Independent contractors
  • Outside salespeople
  • Residential employees (who live where they work)

Massachusetts Overtime Lawsuit Consultations

If you work in Massachusetts and believe you may have been illegally denied overtime pay, you could be entitled to up to two years of back pay in a successful overtime pay lawsuit. To learn more about your rights and how we can protect them, contact the overtime pay attorneys at Phillips Dayes Law Firm for a legal consultation.

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