An employee who is a veteran may be entitled to paid or unpaid leave to participate in Veterans Day and Memorial Day events.

G.L. c. 149, § 52A½ and section 21 of chapter 141 of the acts of 2016

Veterans Day

All private employers must grant leave to a veteran employee to participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade or service. Employee veterans are entitled to leave “of sufficient time to participate” in an event that takes place in the veteran’s “community of residence.”

Employers with 50 or more employees must grant a paid leave of absence for a veteran seeking to participate in an event on Veterans Day, so long as the employee veteran provides reasonable notice to his or her employer. Employers with fewer than 50 employees have the option to provide paid leave, but are not required to do so.

Employers are not required to provide leave where an employee provides services that “are essential and critical to the public health or safety and determined to be essential to the safety and security of each such employer or property thereof.”

Memorial Day

All private employers must grant leave to a veteran employee to participate in a Memorial Day exercise, parade or service. Employee veterans are entitled to leave “of sufficient time to participate” in an event that takes place in the veteran’s “community of residence.”

Leave to participate in a Memorial Day event may be paid or unpaid.

Employers are not required to provide leave where an employee provides services that “are essential and critical to the public health or safety and determined to be essential to the safety and security of each such employer or property thereof.”