Work & Family Policy Database
Massachusetts Earned Paid Sick Time
Subject: Paid Sick Days, Job-Protected Leave, Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Bill: S. 900/H. 1739
Sponsor: Wolf (D)/Khan (D)
House bill introduced: 01/11/2013
Senate bill introduced: 01/17/2013
Referred to Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 01/22/2013
Hearings in House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development and Senate Committee on Labor & Workforce Development: 06/25/2013
Allows a worker in a business with more than ten employees to earn one hour of paid sick or safe time for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours annually. A worker in a business with six to ten employees would earn one hour of paid sick or safe time for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours annually. A worker in a business with fewer than six employees would earn up to 40 hours of unpaid sick or safe time annually. The bill does not cover seasonal workers.
The earned sick or safe time may be used for the worker's own illness, medical appointment or preventive care or for those of a child, spouse, parent or parent of a spouse. It may also be used to address the psychological, physical or legal effects of domestic violence.
This database provides short summaries of bills and statutes. The summaries are not intended to constitute legal advice. To find out how laws relate to your particular situation, you must contact a lawyer who specializes in employees’ rights, the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (1-866-4USWAGE), your state labor department and/or your union.