Paid Sick Time Proposed Regs Need Comments from Home Care Agencies

The Attorney General’s office released proposed regulations for the paid sick time law passed via ballot question and due to be effective on July 1, 2015.

The law essentially states that workers employed by companies with eleven or more employees can earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers can earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year.

A full summary of the law, along with the proposed regulations and a list of public hearing dates are available on a special “Earned Sick Time” webpage on the Attorney General’s website. Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) conducted a quick analysis of the draft regulations posted on their blog.

The Alliance will be testifying on these regulations at the Boston hearing on May 18th so the Alliance strongly encourages home care agencies to review the draft regulation and send comments to James Fuccione so the HCA can formulate testimony. We further encourage agencies to attend and comment at the other hearings and listening sessions to be held across the state and to notify HCA if you’re planning to do so in order for the comments to be consistent.

A full list of the hearing dates and locations are below:

Friday, May 8, 2015
Brockton Listening Session
Location: Brockton Public Library
(304 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Monday, May 11, 2015
Salem Listening Session
Location: City Hall Annex Building, 3rd Floor Conference room
(120 Washington Street, Salem, MA)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday, May 15, 2015
Lowell Listening Session
Location:  Lowell  Lowell Federal Building
(50 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Monday, May 18, 2015
Boston Public Hearing
Location: Saltonstall Building, 2nd floor Conference Rooms C & D
(100 Cambridge Street,  Boston, MA)
Time- 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Friday, May 22, 2015
Framingham Public Hearing
Location: Framingham Town Hall, Memorial Building, Ablondi Room
(150 Concord Street,  Framingham, MA 01702)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday, May 29, 2015
Springfield Public Hearing
Location: 1350 Main Street – 3rd Floor Community Room
Time: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Friday, May 29, 2015
Pittsfield Public Hearing
Location: Pittsfield City Hall – Council Chambers
(70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Monday, June 1, 2015
Fall River Public Hearing
Location: City Hall: 1 Government Center – The Hearing Room
(1 Government Center, Fall River, MA 02722)
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Friday, June 5, 2015
Worcester Public Hearing
Location: Main Library- Saxe Room
(3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608)
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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One Response to Paid Sick Time Proposed Regs Need Comments from Home Care Agencies

  1. […] For more information on the earned sick time law as well as how you can submit comments and help the HCA comment, see this previous blog post. […]

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