A Stoneham company that operates more than 60 Dunkin Donut stores in Massachusetts has paid a $60,000 penalty for failure to comply with the state\u2019s Earned Sick Time Law, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.\n\nIn a settlement agreement with the AG\u2019s Office, Jose S. Couto, Manager of Couto Management Group, LLC and President of Rockland Donuts, Inc., has agreed to pay the penalty for failing to provide notice to employees about their rights under the law, as required. \n\n\u201cWe\u2019re counting on all businesses to inform their workers about their right to sick time,\u201d said AG Healey. \u201cThat\u2019s especially important where workers are handling food. We\u2019re glad to have resolved this matter to ensure that 2,000 Massachusetts workers will be able to take the sick time they earn.\u201d \n\nThe earned sick time law allows for workers to use up to 40 hours of earned sick time per year if they (or their child, spouse, parent, or spouse\u2019s parent) are sick or injured or have a routine medical appointment. \n\nThe AG\u2019s Office began an investigation after receiving a complaint from an employee at a Roslindale Dunkin Donuts operated by the employer. Couto Management Group has approximately 2,000 employees across all stores in Massachusetts. \n\nThe investigation revealed that the Couto failed to provide individual notice to employees about earned sick time. The law requires employers to provide a hard copy or electronic notice to employees of the law\u2019s requirements or include an earned sick time policy or allowable substitute paid leave policy in any employee manual or handbook.\n\nAG Healey\u2019s Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing state laws regulating the payment of wages, including prevailing wage, minimum wage, overtime laws and earned sick time laws. \n\nWorkers who believe that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to file a complaint at www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor. For information about the state\u2019s wage and hour laws, workers may call the Office\u2019s Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465 or go to the Attorney General\u2019s new Workplace Rights website www.mass.gov/ago/fairlabor for materials in multiple languages.\n\nThis matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Lisa Price and Investigator Kevin Shanahan, both of AG Healey\u2019s Fair Labor Division.