As we ring in the New Year, many employers will need to review their personnel policies to ensure that they are up to date, particularly in light of the recently approved a sick-leave ballot initiative, making Massachusetts the third state in the nation with mandatory paid sick-leave. The referendum is broad reaching in that it impacts all employers, whether large or small, and all employees, whether full or part-time, regular, temporary or seasonal.
The law, itself, is actually quite simple. Effective July 1, 2015, employers with 11 or more employees will have to provide their workers with one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work, up to a maximum of 40 hours of leave per year. The law does, however, have some notable features.