The new year will bring another minimum wage increase in Massachusetts. Starting Sunday, the minimum wage will be $15 per hour, up from $14.25 per hour.
Tipped employees' minimum wage will raise from $6.15 to $6.75 per hour and they must make $15 per hour when their tips and wages are combined.
Employers must make up the difference if the tips don't bring the worker to $15 per hour at the end of a shift.
The minimum wage applies to all employees except agricultural workers, for most of whom the minimum wage is $8, members of a religious order, workers being trained in certain educational, nonprofit, or religious organizations, and outside salespeople.
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The minimum wage hike is the final step in a five-year increase from $11 to $15 approved by voters and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker back in 2018.