Massachusetts

  • Project Labor Agreements

    No state policy, although some local government entities have implemented PLA mandates.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; no monetary threshold.

  • Right to Work

    No.

  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute neither expressly permits nor prohibits P3s on social infrastructure projects. P3s are authorized on some transportation projects.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Current labor supply satisfies 68% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $4,690,000 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2019.

  • Career and Technical Education

    81% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    Massachusetts does not recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate

    3.6%.

Monthly Unemployment Rate in Massachusetts

Please see ABC's state-by-state construction unemployment data here.

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: Law allows for payment requests every 30 days and approval or rejection within 15 days.
Public: Owner must pay prime within 65 days of invoice.
Subs: Prime must pay subs within 65 days of invoice (Public). Prime must pay subs within 67 days of invoice (Private).

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

No law in place.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction

3.6%.

Incidence Rate

2.8.

Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

Federal oversight.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction

15.1%.

Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for both medical and recreational use. On November 8, 2016, voters approved the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Question 4, which legalizes marijuana and creates a commission to regulate marijuana in the state. Under the new law, individuals 21 years and older will be able to use marijuana, grow it, and possess it. It is not available in retail settings.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage

$12

Percentage of Pensions Funded

59.9%

Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate

1.22%

Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

8%

State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)

$6,193