A New Sick Leave Requirement: COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program

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戴晨方律師

戴律师的主要服务范围包括公司法、商法,劳工法、和民事商业纠纷诉讼。她专长于公 司建立、起草合同和章程、商业租赁、公司收购和各种常见的劳工法法律问题。她也代理客户在麻州的州立和联邦法庭的诉讼案件,以及仲裁。她 代理的案件有违反合同、欺诈、盗用商业机密、非竞业限制、非法解雇、拖欠工资和加班费等。戴律师代理的公司有各行各业的,包括语言服务、 医疗行业服务、医疗器械、海产、文化交流、夏令营公司、移民顾问、网上服务、医学研究等。

戴律师出生于中国上海,荣获上海大学英语文学学士学位,加拿大卡尔加里大学工商硕 士管理学位,波士顿SUFFOLK大学法学院法学博士学位。

戴律师曾在中国元达律师事务所处理国际商法、公司法和反垄断法事宜。她曾协助麻州 最高法院法官Fernande R.V. Duffly审判民事和刑事案件,也为麻州著名商业投资银行Brown Brothers Harriman撰写投资法律法规报告。戴律师曾为法国最大的上市工程咨询公司ALTRAN审阅和草拟各类商业合同和承办其他公司法法律事宜。

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戴律师经常进行商业法和商业规划方面的演讲。最近几次的演讲是:

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Author: 戴晨方律師
Date: 
2021-07-29

Under Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2021, from May 28, 2021, the employers are required to provide employees up to 40 hours of COVID-19 Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave (MA EPSL) when the employees are unable to work due to specific qualifying reasons related to the pandemic. The MA EPSL is effective until the earlier of Sept. 30 or until reimbursement funds are depleted. Under MA EPSL provisions, such sick leave benefit is in addition to existing paid time-off benefits offered by employers or required by law (such as earned sick time), subject to some limited exceptions. While all employers (except the federal government) must provide the MA EPSL, they are eligible to be reimbursed for the costs of MA EPSL from a newly established state fund.

 

Qualifying Reasons for Leave

Under the MA EPSL, all employees are able to take the leave if it is due to following reasons:[1]

an employee’s need to:

  • 1. self-isolate and care for themself because they have been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • 2. get a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • 3. get or recover from a COVID-19 immunization;
  • 4. an employee’s need to care for a family member who:

  1. must self-isolate due to a COVID-19 diagnosis; or


  2. needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment for COVID-19 symptoms;


  3. 5. a quarantine order or similar determination regarding the employee by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, or a health care provider;


  4. 6. an employee’s need to care for a family member due to a quarantine order or similar determination regarding the family member by a local, state, or federal public official, a health authority having jurisdiction, the family member’s employer, or a health care provider; or


  5. 7. an employee’s inability to telework due to COVID-19 symptoms.


  6. Note that, in general, employers may not require employees to use other types of available paid leave before they use COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave. Similarly, employers may not require employees to search for or find a replacement worker to cover the time the employee will miss while using COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave

Amount of Leaves

The Employers shall provide the duration of the leave based on the working hours of the employee per week. [2]

1. Employees working 40 hours or more per week are entitled to 40 hours of MA EPSL.

2. Employees who regularly work fewer than 40 hours per week, employers must provide leave in an amount that is equal to the average number of hours that such employee works per week.

3. Employees whose schedule and weekly hours vary from week to week, employers must provide leave that is equal to the average number of hours that the employee was scheduled to work per week over the previous 6-months.

4. If an employee with a variable schedule has not worked for the employer for 6 months, the employer must provide leave that is equal to the number of hours per week that the employee reasonably expected to work when hired.

5. The maximum amount an employer is required to pay per employee, and the maximum amount for which the employer may seek reimbursement for any one employee, is $850 (including cost of benefits).

 

Employees are required to provide notice to employers of the need for MA EPSL as soon as practicable or foreseeable. And Employers are required to provide a copy to all employees and post a notice regarding MA EPSL. For more information on how to apply for reimbursement and details of the MA EPSL, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick....

 

[1] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick... [2] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick...

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