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March 31, 2017

A new study out from Pew provides some insights about Americans' caregiving as relates to their jobs. 

Some of the findings: 

  • About one-in-four Americans (23%) say they have taken leave from work to care for a family member with a serious health condition. 

  • Four-in-ten of the family-leave takers, however, say they took less time off than they needed or wanted to.

  • 60% of those who took fami...

October 5, 2016

With the election a little more than a month away, it's a good time to review Massachusetts law regarding taking time off from work to vote.

M.G.L. c. 149, s. 178 provides the following: 

No owner, superintendent or overseer in any manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishment shall employ or permit to be employed therein any person entitled to vote at an election, during the period of two hours...

August 23, 2016

The Washington Post recently had a story and some nice graphics comparing paid maternity leave laws across the world. It noted that the US "is the only advanced economy that does not mandate paid leave for mothers at the federal level."

What the US does have at the federal level is the Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA. The purpose of the FMLA is to "allow employees to balance their work a...

July 1, 2016

One year ago, on July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law went into effect. As of July 1, 2015 (or if you started work after that, on your first date of work) Massachusetts employees began to earn sick time. The law mandates that an employee can earn up to 40 hours in a year. And once earned (or "accrued") an employee must be able to use those earned hours for certain purposes. T...

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