Massachusetts workers began the new year with extended family leave benefits and an increase in minimum wage.
State law enacted in 2018 started Massachusetts’ gradual minimum wage increase from $11 an hour to $15 an hour over five years. Starting Jan. 1, 2021, minimum wage is set at $13.50 an hour. The change also includes tipped employees, who can be paid a minimum of $5.55 only if their tips bring them up to the state’s $13.50, with the employer making up the difference in cases where tips are low.
Thousands of workers receiving a raise in the new year. In 2017 and 2018, community organizations mobilized to get the law passed.
The new paid family and medical leave program is available as of Jan. 1, and employees of firms with 50 or more employees can apply through the Mass.gov site now for several life events: Medical leave to attend to
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