Massachusetts employers need to be ready for new sick leave law before July 1

April 28, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk

Employers with operations in Massachusetts can finally get a look at proposed regulations concerning the earned sick time law that goes into effect July 1.

The new law requires employers with at least 11 employees to provide paid sick leave. Employees will accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, for a maximum of 40 hours a year. Employers with fewer than 11 employees must allow them to accrue and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per year.

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New Massachusetts law provides leave for domestic violence victims

September 10, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Susan Fentin

Employers in Massachusetts with at least 50 employees are now required to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to deal with the violence.

The law, which went into effect August 8, also allows leave for covered family members of domestic violence victims. Covered family members include husbands; wives; those in a “substantive” dating or engagement relationship and who live together; persons having a child in common regardless of whether they have ever married or lived together; a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild; and guardians.

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New Jersey domestic violence leave law takes effect October 1

September 16, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Employers in New Jersey with at least 25 employees must provide up to 20 days of unpaid leave to employees affected by domestic violence as of October 1, when the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act takes effect.

Under the law, employers must allow leave to any employee who is a victim of a domestic violence incident or a sexually violent offense or to any employee whose child, parent, spouse, or partner is the victim of such an incident.

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Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act passes

March 01, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act passed its last congressional hurdle February 28 when the House voted 286-138 in favor of the Senate-approved version of the bill. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure.

The original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed in 1994. The most recent version expired in October 2011, and the new law reauthorizes it for another five years.

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