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Massachusetts Increases Minimum Wage and Ends Premium Pay

The following wage and hour changes will take effect on January 1, 2023.

Minimum Wage

Massachusetts’s minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees will increase to $6.75 per hour.

Premium Pay Fully Phased Out

The mandatory premium pay rate for hours worked on Sundays and certain holidays, which only applied to retailers and was down to 1.1 times an employee’s regular rate of pay in 2022, will be eliminated. All employers, of course, will still need to pay nonexempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate for all overtime hours (i.e., hours over 40 hours in a workweek).

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