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“Safe Harbor” Transition Period for Compliance with Massachusetts New Earned Sick Leave Law for Employers with Existing Paid Time Off Policies

Published:  May 19, 2015

The effective date of the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law – July 1, 2015 – is fast approaching.  Attorney General Maura Healey has just announced a six-month transition period for compliance with this new law for some employers (http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/workplace/earned-sick-time/est-safe-harbor.pdf).  Specifically, employers who have a paid time off policy, which was in effect as of May 1, 2015, that provides at least 30 hours of paid time off during the calendar year 2015, will have until January 1, 2016 to implement the new law’s requirements.  In order to take advantage of this “safe harbor” provision, employers must extend the paid time off to both full-time and part-time employees and the leave 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.

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