2023 Changes in Massachusetts Employment Laws

            Beginning January 1, 2023, changes to the Massachusetts Minimum Wage Law, retail premium pay, and Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law take effect.

Changes to Minimum Wage & Premium Pay

  • Minimum wage increased from $14.25 an hour to $15.00 an hour (applies to non-agricultural workers and workers that do not receive tips).
  • Minimum wage for tipped employees increased from $6.15 an hour to $6.75 an hour.
  • The Retail Premium Pay mandate for Sundays and holidays (Massachusetts Blue Laws) is eliminated.

Changes to Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML)

  • The earnings requirement to be eligible for PFML increased to $6,000 during the last four completed calendar quarters.
  • The maximum weekly benefits under PFML increased from $1,084.31 to $1,129.82.
  • Employer contribution rates (i.e., the tax rate to fund paid leave benefits under PFML) are reduced as follows:
  • Employers with 25 or more covered individuals will now need to pay .63% of eligible employee wages.
  • Employers with fewer than 25 covered individuals will see their contribution rate fall to .318%.

Employer Reminders

While entering the new year, employers are encouraged to review all employee classifications to ensure that employees are classified correctly under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Massachusetts Wage and Hour law.

If you have any questions about your organization’s employee classifications, or questions regarding the 2023 changes, please contact a member of our Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. 

About Ashlyn Dowd

Ashlyn participated in Mirick O’Connell’s Summer Associate Program in 2019. In October 2020, she joined the firm as an associate in the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group. Ashlyn provides legal advice to public and private employers regarding human resources issues, including the hiring and termination of employees, leaves of absence, disciplinary matters and reductions in force. In addition, she drafts employee handbooks, personnel policies and all types of employment-related agreements.
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