Massachusetts has recently enacted a new Sick Leave Law that requires compliance by Employers and understanding by Employees. It does not only apply to full time employees, but also applies to part time, seasonal and temporary employees.
The Earned Sick Time Law requires Employers to provide all Employees one (1) hour of sick time for every thirty (30) hours worked, up to a maximum of forty (40) hours per year. Employers with 11 or more employees must provide paid sick time while those with fewer than 11 employees must provide unpaid sick time
Unused sick time can be carried over from year to year. However, should an Employee leave his or her employment, an Employer is not required to pay for accrued but unused sick time at the time of Termination.
The new act addresses attendance policies as well as specific regulations that address the intricacies and nuances of the law. Further laws have been recently enacted dealing with amendments to the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act with a Parental Leave Law that extends rights and entitlements.
If you have a case or situation regarding Sick Time and its implications to you personally or your business, or of any similar employment related matter, please contact our office to schedule an appointment and speak with an attorney.