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AGO Revises "Safe Harbor" Provision Under the Massachusetts New Earned Sick Leave Law

Published:  June 11, 2015

With only days left until the July 1st effective date of the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced revisions to the previously announced “safe harbor” provision for employers who have a paid time off policy in effect as of May 1, 2015.  The announcement clarifies that such paid time off must be made available to non-full-time employees on a proportional basis.  The revisions further provide that up to 30 hours of accrued but unused time off during the transition period must carry over into 2016.  As previously, leave taken for any of the purposes specified under the law must be job protected.

If you have any questions regarding sick time leave, including whether you qualify for the “safe harbor” provision, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal LLP at (413) 586-2288.