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Massachusetts Voters Approve Sick-Leave Initiative

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters decisively approved a sick-leave ballot initiative. Under the measure known as Question 4, an employee will be entitled to sick time if the employee or a family member must attend routine medical appointments, care for a physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition, or address the effects of domestic violence.

Massachusetts employers with 11 or more employees, including part-time and temporary employees, must provide their employees with one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, beginning on July 1, 2015. The earned paid sick time may be used starting on the 90th day after hire, and its use will be limited to 40 hours in a calendar year, although up to 40 hours of unused sick time can be carried over to the next year. Massachusetts employers with fewer than 11 employees must grant their employees up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time, subject to the same conditions. More…