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Massachusetts law about vacation leave

A compilation of laws and web sources on vacation leave from your job.

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Massachusetts laws

There is no law that requires an employer to give you vacation time.

But if an employer chooses to provide vacation time, they must treat those payments like other wages under:

MGL c.149, § 148 Payment of wages

Selected case law

Electronic Data Systems Corp. v. Attorney General & another, 454 Mass. 63 (2009)
"The Wage Act requires that an employer pay an employee for unused vacation time remaining at the time of the employee's involuntary discharge..."

Mass. v. Morash, 490 U.S. 107 (1989)
Employers who choose to provide paid vacation to their employees must treat those payments like any other wages under M.G.L. c. 149, § 148.

Web sources

Attorney General's advisory on vacation policies, Mass. Attorney General, 1999
Provides guidance to employers on establishing appropriate policies for vacation time. “Employers who provide annual leave (paid time off) instead of vacation leave should designate the amount of hours or days of the leave which are considered vacation time.”

Small Necessities Leave Act, Maternity Leave Act, and Other Miscellaneous Statutes Governing Time Off, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
See Section IX: Time off related to working schedules (vacations).



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Date published: January 21, 2020
Last updated: September 14, 2021