Attorney General Issues Proposed Regulations on Earned Sick Leave Law

Late Friday, Massachusetts’ Attorney General issued long-awaited regulations interpreting Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law. The proposed regulations clarify a number of ambiguous provisions, including when an employer is considered to reach the 11 employee threshold that requires paid sick leave under the statute and what the regular rate of pay is when an employee takes sick leave. The proposed regulations also set forth both employer and employee notification requirements and clarify that a “calendar year” doesn’t always run from January through December. The regulations are available at We will be sending you a more detailed explanation of the proposed regulations later today. Join us for a discussion of other important aspects of the statute, at our Handbook Breakfast Briefing, Friday, May 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel. For additional information, see our website, To register for this important briefing, contact

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