As of July 1, all Massachusetts Employers must Provide Sick Leave Benefits to all Employees. Regulations by the Attorney General Offer Guidance, Warnings.
By Jack K. Merrill, Esq.
All employers should be aware by now that the new voter initiated sick leave law takes effect July 1, 2015. Under its regulatory authority, the state’s Attorney General has now issued final rules that govern the law’s implementation and warn about penalties for transgressing it.
The sick leave law may bring headaches to employers, who must award and track sick time in new and potentially tedious ways. Most will be forced to adjust existing sick leave policies to comply with the law, and all must reduce them to writing and post employee alerts in the workplace. Because penalties for violating the new law can be severe, employers who have yet to implement it need to move quickly and do so.
The law was voted into effect last November. It requires that every Massachusetts employee receive one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work. The time off must be paid by employers of 11 or more and can be used for personal or family illnesses, to attend medical appointments, or to address domestic violence issues. [Read more…]