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Revised Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Safe Harbor and Notice to Employees

The MA Attorney general posted last week on its web site a revised safe harbor for employers with existing paid time off policies.  These revisions directly address use of the safe harbor by employers that have some employees who do not currently receive a paid leave/sick benefit under the employer’s existing paid time off policy.

The revised safe harbor also clarifies that employers opting to use the safe harbor may also choose full compliance with the Earned Sick Time law and regulations beginning July 1, 2015 for some or all employees — which would include the ability to create a separate EST compliant plan for employees who do not currently receive a paid leave/sick benefit under the employer’s existing paid time off policy.

NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES ALSO RELEASED

Also today, the AG released the English-language version of the “Notice to Employees.” The statute requires that employers “shall post this notice in a conspicuous location accessible to employees in every establishment where employees with rights under this section work, and shall provide a copy to their employees.”

The Notice to Employees is now available for download on the Attorney General’s Earned Sick Time website: www.mass.gov/ago/earnedsicktime. Notices in other languages will be coming soon.