The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General has released the Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave Notice. The new posting describes who is qualified for Paid Sick Leave, how it is earned, and when it can be used and paid. The new law entitles employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to specific conditions.
Employers that have 11 or more employees qualify for earned sick leave, however, Sick Time may be unpaid if the employer has 10 or fewer employees. Employees can earn and use up to 40 hours of earned sick time per year. Those employees who work for smaller employers can earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per year.
The conditions to which the employee can use earned sick time are as follows:
- To care for a physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition affecting the employee or the employee’s child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse.
- To attend routine medical appointments of the employee or the employee’s child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse.
- To address the effects of domestic violence on the employee or the employee’s dependent child.
Employees earn 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked and may begin accruing hours on the date of hire or on July 1, 2015, whichever date comes later. It covers both private and public employers unless otherwise specified by city or county. The notice additionally explains that an employer may have a different policy so long as it follows the guidelines under the Earned Sick Time Law. Earned paid sick time would be compensated at the same hourly rate paid to the employee when the sick time is used.
Finally, contact information and a web link for the full text of the Earned Sick Time Law and Regulations are provided. All employers in the state of Massachusetts are required to post the notice.
This law came into effect July 1, 2015
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