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Massachusetts Extends COVID Leave into 2022

Published:  September 30, 2021

Late yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker made it official.  Paid COVID leave has been extended to April 1, 2022.  The law had been set to expire tomorrow on October 1.  All prior portions of the law remain in effect.  The law applies to employers of any size and provides for up to 40 hours of paid sick leave for the following reasons:

•    To self-isolate because of the employee’s COVID diagnosis;
•    To obtain medical care or treatment for, or seek a diagnosis of COVID;
•    To obtain or recover from the COVID vaccine;
•    To care for a family member who has COVID or is self-isolating; or
•    To help a family member obtain a vaccine or recover from an injury or illness related to the vaccine.  

The law provides a maximum benefit allowance of $850.  Wage reimbursement is available to employers that pay out COVID time-off.  If the $75 million allocated for this purpose is exhausted at some point in time earlier than April 1, 2022, the law will not longer be in effect.  

If you have any questions about the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, COVID Paid leave, or other employment issues generally, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at The Royal Law Firm at 413-586-2288.

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