UPDATE: On March 1, 2022, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gave notice that the Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) law will sunset on March 15, 2022, when the EPSL Fund is exhausted. This notice complies with the required 15 days’ notice that the EPSL is terminating early.
Employers may still be able to submit applications for reimbursement on or after March 15, 2022, for an amount of time to be determined by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance.
Additional information can be found online at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-temporary-emergency-paid-sick-leave-program.
COVID-19 EPSL expansion. 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 ...