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Hours Worked: Massachusetts

Hours Worked requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Lisa Stephanian Burton and Peter J. Mee, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


  • Unless regularly scheduled for fewer than three hours per shift, an employee who reports to work by request or with permission must be paid for at least three hours at the minimum wage, even if work is not available. See Show-Up Time / Reporting Time.
  • If an employee works more than six hours a day, the employee must be provided 30 minutes for a meal for every six consecutive hours worked. See Break Periods.
  • Massachusetts also regulates the compensability of on-call time, sleeping and travel time. See On-Call Time, Sleeping and Travel Time.
  • Most employers must provide employees one day of rest every seven days. See Rest Day.