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Reminder to Employers Regarding Paid Leave for Veterans

Published:  May 19, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017 is Memorial Day.  This is the first Memorial Day since Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the HOME Act (M.G.L. c. 149 Section 52A ½), a law which requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave to any veteran participating in a Memorial 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 Memorial 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 about the HOME Act, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal, P.C.

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