An Examination of Massachusetts Sick Time Law
Not feeling your best this morning? Then you need to take time off work.
As an employed resident in Massachusetts, you have access to paid sick leave. Given that this type of legislation can vary from state to state, it’s important that you take the time to find out how it works for you.
Calling in sick can be more complicated than you assume—find out how DoNotPay can help in this article.
In 2015, Massachusetts made its most recent updates to its sick leave legislation. While other emergency sick leave laws are still in partial use due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary state law will be of most use to you.
Massachusetts’ earned sick leave law can be complicated to understand—you likely have a few questions about how it works, such as:
- How much sick leave can I use?
- How much does sick leave pay?
- What if my employer won’t give me sick leave?
Massachusetts paid sick leave is available to the following types of workers:
You have the legal right to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, at a maximum of 40 hours accrued and used every year.
What you earn while away on sick leave depends on how you are employed:
|Employment Type||Leave Pay|
|Hourly||According to usual wages and schedule|
|Part-time||According to usual wages and schedule|
|Salary||According to a 40-hour workweek|
|Commission||Base pay or minimum wage (whichever is greater)|
Regardless of whether you have come down with the flu or a minor case of the sniffles, experts agree that the best course of action is to stay home. Coming to work while sick can result in a range of negative consequences:
- You will take longer to recover without proper rest
- Your quality of work will drop
- You will infect other coworkers
Once you have confirmed that you have earned the necessary sick days, you need to inform your employer about your impending absence. If your company lacks a formal company policy, you can instead get in touch with your boss in one of three ways:
These methods can be time-consuming and challenging to manage if you’ve never done so before. That’s why you should use DoNotPay instead.
Our AI-powered app comes with a Request Sick Leave product to help guide you through the process of drafting a professional letter.
Follow these five easy steps to get your time off request letter:
- Create your DoNotPay account
- Choose the Request Sick Leave product
- Provide a few details about your job
- State how many days you will be away
- Upload a photo of your doctor’s note
You can then have DoNotPay send the letter to your employer on your behalf or download a copy to take care of this on your own.
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