COVID-19 temporary emergency paid sick leave program.
Effective May 28, 2021, and until April 1, 2022, employers are required to make paid leave time available to employees for COVID-related illnesses, quarantine, and vaccinations, and then may apply for reimbursement from the state.
MGL c.149, §§ 148C and 148D. Employees who work for employers having 11 or more employees may earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers may earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year. Employees earn 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours they work All employees can earn sick time including part time, temporary and seasonal employees.
940 CMR 33, Earned sick time
Selected case law
Mui v. Massachusetts Port Authority, 478 Mass. 710 (2018)
Accrued, unused sick time does not count as "wages" under the Wage Act, G. L. c. 149, §§ 148, 150, so sick time is not paid to employee upon termination.
CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Healey, 861 F. 3d 276 (2017)
The Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act, 45 USC § 351 (RUIA) preempts G. L. c. 149, §§ 148C(c)(2) as applied to interstate rail carriers that employ workers in Massachusetts.
|Date published:||October 1, 2021|