2017 Retail Holiday Schedule

 

NEW YEAR'S DAY – Friday, January 1, 2016      

All work in retail stores must be voluntary, and employees

must be paid time-and-a-half wages. 

OPEN 
 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – Monday, January 18 (3rd Monday)  OPEN 
 PRESIDENT'S DAY – Monday, February 15 (3rd Monday)      OPEN 
 PATRIOT'S DAY – Monday, April 18 (3rd Monday)        OPEN

 MEMORIAL DAY – Monday, May 30 (Last Monday)      

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary, most employees must be paid time-and-a-half wages.

OPEN

 INDEPENDENCE DAY – Monday,July 4   

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary, most employees must be paid time-and-a-half wages.

OPEN

 LABOR DAY - Monday, September 5 (1st Monday)  

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary, most employees must be paid time-and-a-half wages.

OPEN

COLUMBUS DAY –  Monday, October 10 (2nd Monday)    

All work must be voluntary; employees must be paid time-and-a-half wages.

  • Police Chief permit required for non-exempt stores to open prior to noon.
OPEN AT NOON

VETERAN’S DAY –  Friday, November 11    

All work must be voluntary; employees must be paid time-and-a-half wages.

  • Police Chief permit required for non-exempt stores to open prior to 1:00pm.
OPEN AT 1:00 pm

THANKSGIVING DAY – Thursday, November 24 (4th Thursday)        

Only exempt stores allowed to open. 

CLOSED

CHRISTMAS DAY – Sunday, December 25

Only exempt stores allowed to open.  Sunday laws apply to Monday, Dec. 26.  

CLOSED

  

*Retail schedule does not apply to Restaurants or Service Stations.

Please note the authorized exemptions on the reverse side*

 

* EXEMPT STORES under MGL c. 136 §6, include: 

 The following is not a complete list, please refer to the statute for a list of all 55 exemptions.

- Convenience stores and small food stores employing less than three employees, including the                                proprietor, at any time during the week. MGL c. 136 §6 (2).

- Service Stations. MGL c. 136 §6 (17).

- Florists and garden shops. MGL c. 136 §6 (20).

- Deli and “take out” food stores.  MGL c.136 § 6 (22)

- Bakeries. MGL c. 136 §6 (24).

- Pharmacies. MGL c. 136 §6 (27).** not exempt from time and a half provisions.

- Greeting card stores and film developing stores. MGL c. 136 § 6 (28).

- Gift, souvenir, and antique shops. MGL c. 136 §6 (29).

- Pet stores. MGL c. 136 §6 (30).

- Restaurants.  MGL c.136 § 6 (42).

- Self-serve laundries. MGL c. 136 §6 (45).

- Video rental stores. MGL c. 136 §6 (51).

 

Time-and-a-Half Pay & Voluntary Work Requirements:

Under MGL c. 136 §6 (52), any store which is not exempt and all pharmacies, which employs more than a total of seven persons, including the proprietor, on any day of the week, shall pay all employees who work on Sunday time-and-a-half wages.  “Bona fide executive, administrative or professional employees” earning more than $200 per week are exempt from the time-and-a-half pay requirements.  All work on Sunday by employees under this section shall be voluntary and refusal to work shall not be grounds for discrimination, dismissal, discharge, reduction in hours or any other penalty.  Sunday premium pay may be credited toward required overtime.

LIQUOR STORES

Licensees MAY NOT sell or deliver alcoholic beverages on Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or on the day following when Christmas day occurs on a Sunday.   

HOLIDAY OPENINGS

Exempt stores can open on all holidays.  All non-exempt stores must comply with the time and a half and voluntary provisions discussed above on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. 

All employees working in retail stores (both exempt and non-exempt stores) on New Year's Day, Veteran's Day & Columbus Day shall be paid time-and-a-half wages and all work shall be voluntary.  Refusal to work on said days shall not be grounds for discrimination, dismissal, discharge, reduction of hours or any other penalty.  M.G.L. c.136 (13).