The Massachusetts Blue Laws control which businesses may legally operate on Sundays and some legal holidays. Various retail and non-retail businesses are allowed to operate on those days, but some retailers must abide by voluntariness of employment provisions. Special rules also apply to factories and mills and to the sale of alcoholic beverages.Special rules also apply to factories and mills and to the sale of alcoholic beverages.
If any business falls within one of the 55 exemptions that allow work on Sundays, it may also operate on most legal holidays. For example, restaurants, pharmacies, and hotels may operate on Sundays and holidays. If you have questions about the statewide approval of local permits allowing businesses to open on Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, please contact the Department of Labor Standards Minimum Wage Program at (617) 626-6952.
The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission regulates when alcoholic beverage retailers may be open. If you have questions about these businesses' hours, please contact the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission at (617) 727-3040.
Please note that premium pay requirements were eliminated effective January 1, 2023. Previously, certain retailers were required to pay certain hourly employees a higher hourly wage rate on Sundays and certain holidays. That requirement expired as a result of a change in state law. However, retail employers are still required to pay hourly employees 1.5 times their normal hourly rate for hours worked in excess of forty per week, including hours on a Sunday or holiday.