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And on the 7th day they rested

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Day-of-rest laws, guaranteeing employees a day of rest on “the seventh day,” have been around for a long time. Under the old blue laws, that usually meant Sunday. But what does it mean now, when workweeks can begin and end on any day of the week?

Added wrinkle: employees who work from home any day, any time.

Two state court cases illustrate the dilemma of trying to apply 19th century law to 21st century workplaces.

Case No. 1: Employees can sue for Sunday work. Massachusetts law requires retailers to pay employees who work on Sundays at one-and-one-half their regular rates of pay, regardless of whether that Sunday work is overtime work.

Employees alleged that they worked on Sunday, without being paid time-and-a-half. Employer: Only the state can sue to enforce the Sunday premium pay law. A state trial court disagreed, and ruled for the employees.

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