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Update for Massachusetts Employers Regarding Leave for Veterans

Published:  November 8, 2018


Veterans Day will be observed this year on Monday, November 12, 2018. This is the first Veterans Day since the recent amendments to the Massachusetts HOME Act (M.G.L. c. 149 Section 52A ½). The amendments change the requirements of the HOME Act as it pertains to paid time off for Veterans Day. While veterans are still entitled to time off to observe the holiday, employers are no longer required to provide paid time off. 

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 the Massachusetts HOME Act, or any other aspect of employment law, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.