The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today published final regulations on the Earned Sick Time law today giving employers seven full business days to implement the regulations. The Earned Sick Time law, Question 4 on the November 2014 ballot, takes effect July 1, 2015.
All private employers, including not-for-profit organizations, maintaining an employee with a primary place of work in Massachusetts are required to allow almost all Massachusetts employees to accrue and use up to forty hours of earned sick time per benefit year. Employers who maintain an average of eleven or more employees are required to provide earned paid sick time.
All existing sick leave and paid time off policies should be reviewed and many will need to be amended to comply with the new law. As the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time law is complex and penalties for non-compliance can be severe, Vision Payroll strongly recommends employers consult with an attorney specializing in labor law to help ensure compliance with the law and related regulations.
Vision Payroll will be providing a webinar on Friday June 26, 2015 at 11 am to provide further information on the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time law. Although the webinar is free, space is limited and advance registration is required. Click here for further information and to register for this important webinar.