M.G.L. c. 149, § 148C; Earned Sick Time Regulation pdf format of Earned Sick Time Regulation

Workers may use earned sick time if they (or their child, spouse, parent, or spouse's parent) are sick or injured or have a routine medical appointment.  Workers may also use earned sick time for themselves or their children to deal with domestic violence.

Employers with 11 or more employees must provide paid sick time.  Employers with fewer than 11 employees must provide earned sick time, but it does not need to be paid.  

Employees may be required to notify their employers before they use sick time, except in an emergency.  They may also be required to fill out a form stating that they are using or have used sick time for a covered purpose.  However, employers may not require a doctor's note or other documentation except in limited circumstances, such as when an employee misses more than 3 consecutive workdays. Employers may never require information about the nature of the illness or the details of the domestic violence.

Employers may have their own sick leave or other paid time off policy that employees use as earned sick time, but only if employees can use at least the same amount of time, for the same reasons, under the same circumstances, and with the same job-protections as under the Earned Sick Time Law.

Employers must post the Notice of Employee Rights in the workplace and either give a copy of the notice to each worker or include the employer's sick time policy in any handbook or manual.

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