Employees Must Give Reasonable Notice for Paid Leave

Effective as of July 14, 2016, a new law in Massachusetts requires private employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave to any veteran desiring to participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence.

Eligibility and Pay Requirements
Under existing law, Massachusetts employers must grant a leave of absence of sufficient time to allow an employee to participate in such services in his or her community of residence on Veterans Day or Memorial Day to an employee who is:

  • A veteran (as that term is defined under Massachusetts law) or a member of a department of war veteran (as listed in Massachusetts law); and
  • Participates in a Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercise, parade, or service.

Such leave may be with or without pay at the discretion of the employer.However, under the new law, employers with 50 or more employees must grant the leave of absence on Veterans Day with pay if the employee provides reasonable notice for such leave.

Exception
Under the law, an employer is not required to grant a leave of absence to an employee to participate in such services, on either a paid or unpaid basis, if the services of the employee are essential and critical to the public health or safety and determined to be essential to the safety and security of each such employer or its property.

Click here to read the text of the law.

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY HR360

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