New laws going into effect in Massachusetts


(WWLP) – The new year means some new laws have gone into effect in Massachusetts.

The state minimum wage has increased to $14.25 per hour; that’s an increase from last year’s minimum wage of $13.50 per hour. Tipped workers will also see their hourly wage go up to a minimum of $6.15 per hour.

Also going up is the state’s benefit for Paid Family and Medical Leave. Maximum weekly benefits are increasing from $850 to more than $1,000.

Finally, a voter-approved animal welfare law designed to improve conditions for egg-laying hens and for pigs is set to take effect. That law was modified at the end of last year, changing standards to the amount of space required for hens.

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