Employment Law Alert

MA Employers Who Currently Offer Paid Leave Now Have an Extension of Time to Comply with the New Paid Sick Leave Law

May 1, 2015

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a transition policy under which employers who offer sufficient sick leave or paid time off to workers now have a six-month transition period in which to bring their policies into compliance with the new Massachusetts paid sick leave law.

In order to qualify for this safe harbor, an employer’s policy must be in effect as of May 1, 2015, and must include the following:

  • At least 30 hours of paid time off during the calendar year 2015;
  • Leave must be offered to all workers, whether full or part time; employers who do not currently offer paid time off to part time workers may add those workers to their policy to qualify for the transition period.

Employers who meet these qualifications must still come into compliance with the new law by January 1, 2016.  Employers who do not currently maintain a qualifying paid time off policy must comply with the new law by July 1, 2015.

The Attorney General has issued proposed regulations which provide further guidance concerning the new law, and is accepting comments on the proposed regulations through June 10, 2015, including at six public hearings to be held across the state.

If you have any questions about the new law or whether your current policy qualifies for the transition period, please contact a member of the Employment Law Group.

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