Archives for April 2012

Lawmakers Consider Imposing New Sick Leave Requirements on Massachusetts Employers

Via a bill that is supported by Governor Deval Patrick and was recently reported favorably by a legislative committee, Massachusetts lawmakers are deciding whether to require employers to offer sick leave benefits to their workers. While most employers voluntarily permit workers to be out sick for reasonable periods, the benefit is not mandatory and employees can be fired for using it. The so-called Act Establishing Earned Paid Sick Time would set a new sick leave floor and, as the name suggests, require that most employees be paid during their absences. It would grant job protection to workers and expand the benefits they already must receive under Massachusetts law. [Read more…]