SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 151 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new definitions:-
“Big box retail employer,” an individual, corporation, partnership or other entity, or group of individuals or entities, including any agent thereof, that employs 200 or more big box retail employees in the commonwealth, whether directly or through a contractor or subcontractor such as a temporary or staffing agency or a cleaning or security contractor. Any such contractor or subcontractor shall qualify as a big box retail employer and shall be jointly and severally liable for compliance with the minimum wage and other wage and hour requirements for retail employers.
“Big box retail employee,” any employee working on the premises of a big box retail store, including employees employed through the services of a contractor or subcontractor such as a temporary or staffing agency or a cleaning or security contractor.
“Big box retail store,” a retail business where merchandise is sold on the premises that has a sales area of 25,000 square feet or more.
SECTION 2. Said chapter 151 is hereby further amended by striking out section 1, as so appearing, as amended by sections 28 and 31 of chapter 144 of the acts of 2014, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 1. It is hereby declared to be against public policy for any employer to employ any person in an occupation in this commonwealth at an oppressive and unreasonable wage as defined in section two, and any contract, agreement or understanding for or in relation to such employment shall be null and void. For a big box retail employer, a wage of less than $12.00 per hour shall conclusively be presumed to be oppressive and unreasonable, where the term “minimum wage'' is used in this chapter. A wage of less than $11.00 per hour, in any other occupation, as defined in this chapter, shall conclusively be presumed to be oppressive and unreasonable, where the term “minimum wage” is used in this chapter, unless the commissioner has expressly approved or shall expressly approve the establishment and payment of a lesser wage under the provisions of sections seven and nine. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, in no case shall the minimum wage rate be less than $.50 higher than the effective federal minimum wage rate.
SECTION 3. Said section 1 of said chapter 151 is hereby further amended by striking out the figure “$12.00”, inserted by section 2, and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $13.50.
SECTION 4. Said section 1 of said chapter 151 is hereby further amended by striking out the figure “$13.50”, inserted by section 3, and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- $15.00.
SECTION 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on January 1, 2018.
SECTION 6. Section 3 shall take effect on January 1, 2019.
SECTION 7. Section 4 shall take effect on January 1, 2020.
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