Do I Have to Provide Paid Sick Time to Employees?
Employer Obligations Under the Earned Sick Time Law
The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law requires that all employees accrue sick time, whether they are full time or part time, up to five days per year. It also requires you to allow them to use that time for qualifying reasons without punishment or retaliation.
Only employers with 11 or more employees are required to pay for the sick time. Unlike some other laws, this does not mean 11 FTEs- if you have 11 people on your payroll, whether full time or part time, you will be required to pay for these accrued sick days.
It is also important to know that employees are allowed this time not only for their own illness, but also to attend routine medical appointments, to care for a sick child or family member or take a child to medical appointments, or to address the consequences of domestic violence.
Learn more here about the new Massachusetts earned sick time law.
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