Expanded and Extended: Massachusetts COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave
As detailed in a prior post, since the end of May 2021, employers have been required to make paid leave time available to Massachusetts employees for COVID-19 related illnesses, quarantines and vaccinations. The state also established a fund to reimburse employers under certain circumstances. The law initially expired as of September 30, 2021 or when the funds ran out.
As of September 29, 2021, the law has been amended to extend the duration of the program until April 1, 2022 (or until the funds run out), and to expand the reasons employees may take leave under the law. All of the original reasons still apply. In addition, as of October 1, 2021, employers are required to allow employees to use Massachusetts COVID-19 sick leave to care for a family member who needs to obtain or recover from a COVID-19 immunization.
More information from the state is available here.
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