Are Truck Drivers Exempt From Overtime?
If your job is driving a truck with a gross vehicle weight over 10,000 pounds in interstate commerce, you are not subject to state or federal overtime laws. This is because the limits on your working hours are governed by the federal Motor Carrier Act, not the overtime laws.
"Interstate commerce" means your route takes you across state lines. Long haul truckers are clearly within this exemption. Even drivers with shorter routes in an area like New England may routinely cross state lines on their routes. This would bring you into "interstate commerce" and the Motor Carrier Act exemption.
If you drive for a living and your vehicle is less than 10,000 pounds, and/or if your routes are entirely within Massachusetts, you should not be subject to this exemption and eligible to receive overtime pay.
Learn more here about overtime exemptions under Massachusetts and federal law.
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