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Paid Leave for Veterans Participating in Veterans Day Services

Published:  November 7, 2016

Friday is Veterans Day.  This year, a new law in Massachusetts requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave to any veteran participating in a Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence.  Employers with fewer than 50 employees must also provide leave, but it may be unpaid.

To be eligible for leave, the employee must:

  • Be a veteran or a member of a department of war veteran (as those terms are defined under Massachusetts law);
  • Participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence; and
  • Provide reasonable notice for such leave.

The law does not require an employer to grant leave to an employee to participate in such ceremonies, on either a paid or unpaid basis, if the services of the employee are essential and critical to public health or safety and determined to be essential to the safety and security of the employer or its property.

If you have any questions regarding leave laws in Massachusetts, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal, P.C.

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