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Benefits, vacation pay, sick time, unemployment compensation

When can I use my sick leave under Massachusetts law?

Employers with 11 or more employees have to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year. Smaller businesses must provide the same hours of leave, but it need not be paid leave. The law applies to all employees, whether full time, part time, temporary or seasonal.

When can an employee use sick leave?

  • To care for a child, spouse, parent, or parent of a spouse, who is suffering from a physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition that requires home care, professional medical diagnosis or care, or preventative medical care. Preventative medical care is routine health care that includes screenings, checkups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, or other health problems.
  • Earned sick time can be used to care for the employee’s own physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition that requires home care, professional medical diagnosis or care, or preventative medical care.
  • Earned sick time can be used to attend a routine medical appointment or a routine medical appointment for the employee’s child, spouse, parent, or parent of spouse.
  • Earned sick time can be used to address the psychological, physical or legal effects of domestic violence.
  • Earned sick time can be used to travel to and from an appointment, a pharmacy, or other location related to the reason for the needed time off.

 

 

 

Pamela A. Smith
Law Office of Pamela A. Smith
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