What is the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law?
The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law requires all employers to allow all employees to accrue earned sick time.
Earned sick time is meant for short term needs- either the employee's own illness, or a need to attend routine medical appointments or care for family members who are sick or need to go to medical appointments.
All employees, part time or full time, are required to accrue sick time. They can either be given a "bank" of five days (40 hours) each year, or they can accrue the time at a rate of one hour for every thirty hours worked.
If you have fewer than 11 employees, you are not required to pay for the sick time, but you are required to allow employees to take it. If you have 11 or more employees (full or part time), the earned sick time must be paid.
In either case, the Earned Sick Time Law prohibits retaliation for an employee's use of accrued time, or request to do so.
Learn more here about the Massachusetts earned sick time law.
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