Information about the Commonwealth's new temporary sick leave program for certain reasons related to COVID-19

Under the terms of Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2021 (An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave), which was enacted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Baker, effective May 28, 2021, employers are required to make paid leave time available to employees for COVID-related illnesses, quarantine, and vaccinations, and then may apply for reimbursement from the state. The law was amended on September 29, 2021 to extend the duration of the program and to expand the reasons employees may take leave under the law.