Massachusetts Enacts New COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Law

A new Massachusetts law providing for COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave (“EPSL”) was signed into law on May 28.  Effective until the earlier of September 30, 2021 or the exhaustion of $75 M in program funds, as determined by the Commonwealth, employers must offer Massachusetts employees leave time for the reasons set forth below.  Full-time employees are entitled to 40 hours of EPSL; part-time employees receive a pro-rated amount.  This new EPSL allotment is over and above the 40 hours available under the earned sick leave law, and is payable at a maximum rate of $850 per week. Read more