The Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley provides these links to help individuals employed in Massachusetts to exercise their rights and access important information. Below find links to the chapters and sections within the Massachusetts General Laws related to various work-related statues.

Overtime and Minimum Wage

Chapter 149, Section 27C. Penalties for violations of certain sections by employers, contractors, subcontractors or their employees.

Chapter 151. Minimum fair wages.

D.O.S. Minimum Wage Regulations

Payment of Wages

Chapter 149. Labor and industries.

  • Section 27C. Penalties for violations of certain sections by employers, contractors, subcontractors or their employees.
  • Section 52C. Personnel records; review by employee; corrections; penalty.
  • Section 148. Payment of wages; commissions; exemption by contract; persons deemed employers; provision for cashing check or draft; violation of statute.
  • Section 148A. Employees seeking rights under provisions of this chapter; discharge or discrimination; punishment.
  • Section 148B. Persons performing service not authorized under this chapter deemed employees; exception.
  • Section 150. Complaint for violation of certain sections; defenses; payment after complaint; assignments; loan of wages to employer; civil action.
  • Section 152. Deductions for coming late to work.
  • Section 152A. Payment to, or retention by, employer of tips to employees; contract for payment.

Chapter 151, Section 15. Employer's records; statement furnished to commissioner.

Chapter 167B, Section 7. Electronic Branches and Electronic Fund Transfers.

Prevailing Wage

Chapter 149. Labor and industries.

  • Section 27. List of jobs; classification; schedule of wages; penalty; civil action.
  • Section 27A. Appeals from classifications and wage determinations.
  • Section 27B. Records of employees; payroll records; statements of compliance.
  • Section 27C. Penalties for violations of certain sections by employers, contractors, subcontractors or their employees.
  • Section 27D. "Construction" and "constructed" defined.
  • Section 27E. Employment of residents in highway districts.
  • Section 27F. Wages of operators of rented equipment; agreements; penalty; civil action.

Public Bidding (Construction)

Chapter 7. Executive Office for Administration and Finance.



Chapter 30, Section 39M. Contracts for construction and materials; manner of awarding.

Chapter 149. Labor and industries.

Chapter 149A. Public Construction alternative delivery methods.

Safety

Chapter 149. Labor and industries.

Sundays and Holidays

Chapter 136. Observance of a Common Day of Rest and Legal Holidays

Chapter 149. Labor and industries.

  • Section 47. Sunday work without a day off.
  • Section 48. One day of rest in seven; operation of business on Sunday; violation of statute.

Vacation and Meal Breaks

Chapter 149. Labor and industries.

  • Section 52A. Ready reserve; absence from work for military training; failure to comply with statute.
  • Section 100. Hours of work without interval for meal; duration; violation of statute.
  • Section 148. Payment of wages; commissions; exemption by contract; persons deemed employers; provision for cashing check or draft; violation of statute.

Youth Labor

Chapter 149, Sections 56-105. Labor and Industries.