Many employers are struggling to roll out new policies and payroll practices that are compliant with the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law by the July 1, 2015 effective date, which is fast approaching.
Last fall, Massachusetts voters passed a law mandating that employers provide up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year to their employees. Since then, employers have eagerly anticipated guidance from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, which recently issued proposed regulations. Although the regulations clarify some aspects of this complex new law, ambiguities remain, and the regulations raise new questions and are subject to change after public comment. As public comment is open until June 10, the final regulations will not be issued until very close in time to the law’s effective date.
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