Healey expresses support for new sick time law

Maura Healey
(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was in Springfield Friday, to talk to business owners and workers about the earned sick time law that is going into effect this summer.

Starting July 1, businesses with 11 or more employees will have to provide earned sick time. Each worker will earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, and they can earn up to 40 hours of sick time per year. Healey told 22News the new law is about protecting workers when they’re faced with unexpected parts of life.

“Either for the employee or their parent or loved one or their child- they’re going to have the means to take care of them. And I think it’s absolutely right, and the voters were right in seeing this through last fall,” Healey said.

Employers who already offered earned sick time have an extension until the end of the year to implement the specific parts of the new law.

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