Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Earned Sick Time Law
On April 24, 2015, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General issued proposed regulations regarding the Earned Sick Time law. The law, which was passed by voters on November 4, 2014 and takes effect on July 1, 2015, requires all employers to allow employees to accrue at least one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year. For employers with at least 11 or more employees, the sick time must be paid. A summary of the law can found here.
Employers have many questions about the Earned Sick Time law and its implementation. The proposed regulations offer clarification as to how the law will be enforced. However, the proposed regulations are subject to change after public comment. Employers are encouraged to provide comments to the Office of the Attorney General or to attend a public hearing on the regulations. Nonetheless, the proposed regulations provide some guidance for employers as they prepare for the July 1 effective date.