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Listening sessions for earned sick time regs begin next week

On April 24, the Attorney General’s Office submitted proposed regulations for 940 CMR 33.00 governing the application of the Earned Sick Time Law, M.G.L. c. 149, § 148C. To view the recommendations, click here.

A ballot question on Earned Sick Time passed in November 2014, with about 60 percent of voters approving the law. The law presented at the time of the election would go into effect July 1, 2015 and would allow all workers to earn one hour of paid time off for personal illness or medical appointments, for an illness in the family or to deal with a domestic abuse situation for every 30 hours worked.

The Providers' Council is closely monitoring the new law and the implications it will have on the business practices of human services organizations.

The state has planned public listening sessions and public hearings between May 11 and June 5 throughout the state in order to go over the implications of the law and hear from stakeholders. Please send all thoughts, remarks or concerns to Bill Yelenak at the Providers’ Council. The Council will prepare testimony and will convene a group of members to discuss any issues that may affect our members. If you are interested in giving testimony or being part of this discussion of earned sick time and human services, please contact Bill Yelenak.

Listening Sessions:

Salem Earned Sick Time Listening Session
City Hall Annex Building, 3rd Floor Conference room 
120 Washington Street, Salem, MA
Monday, May 11, 2015

Lowell Earned Sick Time Listening Session
Lowell  Federal Building
50 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA
Friday, May 15, 2015

Brockton Earned Sick Time Listening Session
Brockton Public Library
304 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Monday, May 18, 2015

Cape Cod Earned Sick Time Listening Session
Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668
Friday, June 5, 2015

Public Hearings:

Boston Earned Sick Time Public Hearing
Saltonstall Building, 2nd floor Conference Rooms C & D
100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA
Monday, May 18, 2015

Framingham Earned Sick Time Public Hearing
Framingham Town Hall, Memorial Building, Ablondi Room
150 Concord Street,  Framingham, MA 01702
Friday, May 22,2015

Springfield Earned Sick Time Public Hearing
1350 Main Street - 3rd Floor Community Room
Friday, May 29, 2015

Pittsfield Earned Sick Time Public Hearing
Pittsfield City Hall - Council Chambers 
70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA
Friday, May 29, 2015

Fall River Earned Sick Time Public Hearing
Fall River City Hall: 1 Government Center – The Hearing Room
1 Government Center, Fall River, MA 02722
Monday, June 1, 2015

Worcester Earned Sick Time Public Hearing
Location: Main Library- Saxe Room
(3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608)
Friday, June 5, 2015