New sick time law to take effect in July

Some businesses pushed to get the law pushed back

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More workers will qualify for paid sick time this summer.

Starting July 1st, businesses with 11 or more employees will have to provide earned sick time. Under the new law passed by voters in November, each worker will earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.

Employees can earn up to 40 hours of sick time per year, and it doesn’t matter if you’re full or part time.

Some businesses pushed to get the law pushed back so employers could get more guidance before it took affect, but it is still moving forward.

Business Attorney Kate O’Brien said, “There are a lot of open questions about how it’s going to be administered but I think the basics are pretty clear, and I think it will result in some significant increased costs to businesses that currently don’t provide sick time to their employees.”

O’Brien spoke with business leaders at the Hampton Inn in Chicopee Friday to discuss their concerns with earned sick time and unions.

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