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Client Alert: Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave to End March 15

On February 28, 2022, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced that its COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“MEPSL”) law will come to an end, effective March 15, 2022.

Until that time, employers must still comply with the MEPSL, which requires employers to provide eligible employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave (for a maximum of $850 per week) for certain absences related to COVID-19. This expense was reimbursable to the employer from the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Fund. For further detail on the mandate, including employee eligibility criteria, please see our prior alerts on June 1, 2021 and October 4, 2021.

The MEPSL, which was signed into law by Governor Baker last May, was set to expire on April 1, 2022 or upon the exhaustion of $100 million in program funds. However, the Commonwealth announced that since applications for reimbursement have now exceeded $85 million, the law as amended, allowing the Office for Administration and Finance (“A&F”) to end the program with 15-days’ notice.

Further, the A&F has stated that employers will have until April 29 to submit applications for benefits reimbursement.

We will continue to monitor and provide updates on further developments related to COVID-19, as well as other issues impacting employers.

If you have questions, please consult with your Bowditch attorney.

 

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Tracy Boland counsels clients on the full range of employment law issues from hiring to firing including performance management, investigations, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and the accommodations process, discrimination and harassment issues and investigations and reductions in force. She particularly enjoys supporting clients as they work through novel and emerging legal issues such as pay equity and the ever-growing number of paid leave laws. Clients also rely on her to draft and revise employee handbooks, employment agreements, and severance and settlement agreements

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Ben Hinks is an attorney in the firm’s Employment & Labor practice. He represents employers in litigation matters, including wage and hour claims, discrimination actions, non-competition and trade secret disputes, and contract claims before the courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and administrative agencies. Ben also helps counsel clients through a full range of employment issues including hiring, termination, personnel policies and handbooks, leaves of absence, internal investigations, employee discipline and DEI initiatives.

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Tracy Boland counsels clients on the full range of employment law issues from hiring to firing including performance management, investigations, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and the accommodations process, discrimination and harassment issues and investigations and reductions in force. She particularly enjoys supporting clients as they work through novel and emerging legal issues such as pay equity and the ever-growing number of paid leave laws. Clients also rely on her to draft and revise employee handbooks, employment agreements, and severance and settlement agreements

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Ben Hinks is an attorney in the firm’s Employment & Labor practice. He represents employers in litigation matters, including wage and hour claims, discrimination actions, non-competition and trade secret disputes, and contract claims before the courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and administrative agencies. Ben also helps counsel clients through a full range of employment issues including hiring, termination, personnel policies and handbooks, leaves of absence, internal investigations, employee discipline and DEI initiatives.

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