MA Attorney General Announces Earned Sick Time ‘Transition Year’

At the first of a string of public hearings to provide input on proposed regulations on the forthcoming earned sick time law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced a “transition year” for employers already offering paid time-off.

The Attorney General explained that for the period of July 1 when the law goes into effect until December 31, 2015, “any employer with a paid time off policy in existence as of May 1, 2015, providing to employees the right to use at least 30 hours of paid time off during the calendar year 2015 shall be in compliance with the law with respect to those employees and to any other employees to whom the use of at least 30 hours of paid time off under the same conditions are extended.”

Further details are available on a bulletin released on the AG’s earned sick time webpage.

The AG also revealed the intent of her office to avoid a six-month delay in implementing the law, as has been requested by some business advocacy groups. With Healey holding firm on not delaying the law’s implementation, and with some major business groups endorsing the “transition year” move, it was very likely a compromise to grant some leniency to employers.

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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