Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ending March 15, 2022
Massachusetts has recently notified employers that the COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave will end on March 15, 2022. COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave law went into effect May 2021 and requires employers to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to employees for COVID-19 related absences. This COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave is in addition to any other sick leave available by policy or law but applies to COVID-19 related sick leave. This law allows for an employer to seek reimbursement from the state. The details on the COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave may be found in my newsletter from June 2021 (a copy of the post can be found at this link - https://www.pomeroy-law.com/blog/78/one-more-covid-19-law-for-ma-employers-covid-19-paid-sick-leave)
Massachusetts employers should continue to offer this Emergency Paid Sick Leave if it is due to COVID-19 related reasons until March 15, 2022. Employer's may seek reimbursement from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for any such leave an employer paid between May 28, 2021 and March 15, 2022.
For further information, including details on the mandate and on how to secure reimbursement, see https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick-leave-program
Please contact me if you have any questions on this or any other questions regarding your business.