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The Grand Bargain

Published:  June 27, 2018

As subscribers to our firm’s email blasts are aware, last week, the Massachusetts Legislature announced that it has passed what has been termed a “Grand Bargain” regarding certain employment laws. While employers need to be aware of this development, it is important to note that the “Grand Bargain” does not become a law until Governor Baker signs the bill. For a more complete discussion of how a bill becomes a law, please see our blog: (See also: "The Art of Rulemaking in US Law,").

The Grand Bargain would result in paid family leave in Massachusetts, a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, and the elimination of time and a half for Sunday work. 

If signed into law by Governor Baker, Massachusetts employees would be entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or placement of a child or to care for a family member suffering from a serious illness. In addition, an employee would be entitled to 20 weeks of paid leave to treat their own serious illness. Employees would be eligible for 26 weeks of paid leave to care for a service member under the proposal. The paid leave would be funded through contributions from employers with more than 25 employees.

In addition to paid leave, the proposal would also gradually increase the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15.00 over the course of the next five (5) years. At the same time, the Massachusetts law that requires employees to be paid time and a half for Sunday work would be repealed.

Please continue to monitor this site and our email blasts for further updates regarding Governor Baker’s response to the proposed laws.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed laws, or any other aspect of labor and employment law, please contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.

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