HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1939        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2279


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Mark J. Cusack


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to require restroom breaks for public transit.






Date Added:

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk


Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk


Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol


Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth


Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester


Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth


Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth


John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex


Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth


Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk


Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex


Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol


Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex


John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk


Rhonda Nyman

5th Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1939        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2279

By Mr. Cusack of Braintree, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2279) of Mark J. Cusack and others for legislation to mandate restroom breaks for  public transit employees.  Public Service.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to require restroom breaks for public transit.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Whereas, the deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to provide bathroom breaks to transit workers, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for immediate preservation of public health and convenience.

(A) Any provider of public transit authorized  under Chapter 161A or 161B of General Laws shall provide to any person operating a commercial motor vehicle for the purpose of providing public transit an appropriate rest period to utilize the nearest convenient restroom.

(B) “Appropriate rest period" means: A period of rest of not less than ten minutes for every segment of four hours or major part thereof worked in one work period without deduction from the employee's pay.

(C) Nothing in this section prohibits employers and employees from establishing appropriate rest periods different from those provided in this section pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.