2019 RETAIL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

 

NEW YEAR'S DAY – Tuesday, January 1, 2019                                                                OPEN

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary; most employees

must be paid time-and-a-half wages.*           

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – Monday, January 21st (3rd Monday)                           OPEN

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY – Monday, February 18th (3rd Monday)                                             OPEN

 

PATRIOT'S DAY – Monday, April 15th (3rd Monday)                                                        OPEN

 

MEMORIAL DAY – Monday, May 27th (Last Monday)                                                    OPEN

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary; most employees

must be paid at least 1.4 times their regular hourly rate.

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY – Thursday,July 4th                                                                      OPEN

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary; most employees

must be paid at least 1.4 times their regular hourly rate.

 

LABOR DAY - Monday, September 2rd (1st Monday)                                                         OPEN

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary; most employees

must be paid at least 1.4 times their regular hourly rate.

 

COLUMBUS DAY –  Monday, October 14th (2nd Monday)                                    OPEN AT NOON

All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary; most employees

must be paid time-and-a-half wages.*

- Police Chief permit required for non-exempt stores to open prior to noon.

 

VETERAN’S DAY –  Monday, November 11th                                                       OPEN AT 1:00 pm

            All work in non-exempt stores must be voluntary; most employees 

            must be paid time-and-a-half wages.*

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

           

THANKSGIVING DAY – Thursday, November 28th (4th Thursday)                                  CLOSED

Only exempt stores allowed to open.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY – Wednesday, December 25th                                                              CLOSED

Only exempt stores allowed to open.    

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

Please note the authorized exemptions below.

 

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

- 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).

NOTE: This is not a complete list, please refer to the statute for a list of all 55 exemptions.       

 

PREMIUM 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 employees who work on Sunday a premium pay of 1.4 times the employee’s regular hourly rate.  “Bona fide executive, administrative or professional employees” earning more than $200 per week are exempt from this premium pay requirement. 

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 at the 1.4 level may NOT be credited toward required overtime.

 

HOLIDAY OPENINGS

Exempt stores can open on all holidays.  All non-exempt stores must comply with the premium pay and voluntary provisions discussed above on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.  Work performed on these three holidays must be compensated at 1.4 times the employee’s regularly hourly rate.    

*Until further notice, work performed on New Year's Day, Veteran's Day and Columbus Day must still be compensated at 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).

 

LIQUOR STORES

Licensees MAY NOT sell or deliver alcoholic beverages on Memorial Day (prior to 12 noon), Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.    

 

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