UPDATE: On September 29, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker expanded the reasons employees can take leave under the Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) law. Effective October 1, 2021, Massachusetts employees may use EPSL to care for a family member who needs to obtain or recover from a COVID-19 immunization.
Employees cannot use EPSL to cover leave taken before October 1, 2021. In addition, the EPSL expansion does not provide employees with additional leave benefits if they exhausted EPSL benefits before October 1, 2021.
COVID-19 EPSL. On May 28, 2021, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed House Bill 3072, which provides full-time and part-time employees with emergency paid sick leave for certain COVID-19 reasons. The bill, effective as of May 28, provides full-time employees up to 40 hours of leave and part-time employees with leave on a prorated basis. Benefits under the law begin on June 7, 2021, and will run until April 1, 2022, or until the COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) Fund is exhausted, whichever is first.
Covered employers and employees. All employers, regardless of size, are covered under the law. In addition, both private and public employees are covered (but not those employed by the federal government).
COVID-19 EPSL Fund. The law creates a $75 million COVID-19 EPSL Fund to reimburse eligible employers for providing employees with the EPSL. However, any qualified sick leave wages paid by ...