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Overview of Massachusetts’ Paid Sick Time Campaign 

On November 4, 2014, nearly 60% of voters in Massachusetts approved a statewide ballot measure to guarantee paid sick time! Massachusetts is now the third state in the country to guarantee paid sick time on a statewide basis, joining Connecticut and California.

Passage of this law is a huge win for the nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts who currently receive no paid sick time! A Better Balance helped to draft this law and the summary that appeared on the ballot, and we provided additional legal support throughout the campaign.

The measure receive widespread support, including from the Boston Globehospitals across Massachusetts, the State’s Roman Catholic bishops, and 250 other businesses, community organizations, unions, and faith groups.

About Massachusetts’ Paid Sick Time Law

Under Massachusetts’ paid sick time law, workers in businesses with 11 or more employees will be able to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year for personal or family health issues. Workers in smaller businesses will be able to earn and use up to 40 hours of job-protected unpaid sick time a year.

Under the law, workers can use sick time to recover from their own illness or to care for sick family members. The law covers an employee’s child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse. Sick time can also be used to address the effects of domestic violence on the employee or the employee’s dependent child. 

The law will take effect on July 1, 2015.

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