Category Archives: Leave Laws

LMRA Does Not Preempt Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk When the Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law was passed, some unionized employers expressed concern over how the law would affect their existing union contracts.  Such employers, having already negotiated with their unions over the amount of … Continue reading

Posted in Benefits, Leave Laws, Legislation, Massachusetts Wage Act, Policies, Unions | Leave a comment

Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Leave Regulations

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk The Massachusetts’ Attorney General has just issued long-awaited final regulations interpreting Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law. The proposed regulations resolve issues such as whether earned sick leave can run concurrently with FMLA leave or other types of unpaid … Continue reading

Posted in Leave Laws, Legislation, Massachusetts Wage Act, Policies | Leave a comment

Attorney General’s Earned Sick Time Notice Suggests Major Changes in Mass. Sick Leave Provisions

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk The Massachusetts Attorney General has published its model notice that employers may use to fulfill their obligations to notify their employees of the new earned sick leave law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2015.  … Continue reading

Posted in Leave Laws, Legislation, Massachusetts Wage Act, Policies | 8 Comments

Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave: Attorney General Announces “Safe Harbor” for Employers with Existing Paid Time Off Policies

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk In response to concerns from employers struggling to bring their policies in compliance with Massachusetts’ new Earned Sick Leave law by the effective date of July 1, 2015, Attorney General Maura Healey has announced that any … Continue reading

Posted in Leave Laws, Legislation, Massachusetts Wage Act, Policies | Leave a comment

Massachusetts Attorney General Releases Earned Sick Time Regulations

By Kimberly A. Klimczuk At long last, the Massachusetts Attorney General has issued the eagerly-anticipated proposed regulations concerning the Earned Sick Time law that was passed by referendum on November 4, 2014 and goes into effect July 1, 2015.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Leave Laws, Legislation, Massachusetts Wage Act, Policies | Leave a comment

Deval Patrick Signs Bill Converting Maternity Leave to Parental Leave

by Susan G. Fentin On his way out the door this week, Governor Patrick signed a number of bills that had been passed by the Massachusetts legislature, including a significant amendment to Mass. Gen. L. ch. Ch. 149, section 105D, … Continue reading

Posted in Benefits, Leave Laws, Legislation, Policies | Leave a comment

Massachusetts Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Law

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk The election results are in.  Massachusetts voters have approved a law that requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.  The law takes effect July 1, 2015. The law requires Massachusetts employers with at … Continue reading

Posted in Leave Laws, Legislation | Leave a comment

Massachusetts’ New Domestic Violence Law Includes Leave Entitlement for Certain Employees

by Susan G. Fentin Effective August 8, 2014, employees who are victims of domestic violence are entitled to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12 month period.  The new leave provisions also apply to employees who … Continue reading

Posted in Leave Laws, Legislation, Policies | Leave a comment