MASSACHUSETTS EARNED SICK TIME LAW
DELAYED FOR SOME EMPLOYERS
Massachusetts new Earned Sick Time law, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015, provides that every Massachusetts employer must allow employees to take sick leave of up to 40 hours per year.
However, the Office of the Attorney General has delayed implementation of the law as to certain employers. Employers who already have a paid time off policy in effect allowing employees the right to use up to 30 hours of paid time off a year shall be deemed to be in compliance with the law through the end of the year. These employers will be governed by the new law beginning January 1, 2016.
To enjoy the benefit of this safe harbor, employers with existing paid leave policies have to abide by the new law’s non-interference and non-retaliation provisions.