MFA NEWS SCAN APRIL 27, 2015

MFA NEWS SCAN APRIL 27, 2015


- Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MA AG RELEASES EARNED SICK TIME REGULATIONS

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On Friday, April 24 the MA Attorney General’s office released its proposed earned sick time regulations as called for in the new law passed by the voters in Massachusetts this past November.  The announcement indicated that three listening sessions and six public hearings will take place through May and the beginning of June.  The new law goes into effect July 1 of this year and allows employees to earn one hour of sick time for every thirty hours worked. Earned paid sick time is mandatory for employers with 11 or more employees on the payroll during 20 or more weeks (whether consecutive or not), or maintained 11 or more employees on the payroll during 16 consecutive weeks over the current or preceding calendar year..  Some of its major components include:

·       The rate of pay for earned sick time for most employees is the employee’s base hourly salary rate and does not include premium pay or overtime rates;

  • The first calendar year (2015) is a transition year in which employers will not be required to provide more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time, and any paid leave given prior to July 1, 2015, will be credited towards the 40 hours for the remainder of the year;
  • A “Break in Service” is a period of time of up to one year extending from the date an employee last worked for the employer until the employee’s return to employment, whether the separation was voluntary or involuntary.  Upon a return to work, an employee shall maintain the right to use any accrued earned sick time after a break in service of up to one year from the last date of actual work.  Employees with a break in service of less than one year return to work with full credit for prior service and prior unused accruals;
  • Earned sick time applies to all employees, including part-time, seasonal, temporary and interns, as written in the law;
  • Employers can establish their own twelve month period as their earned sick time calendar year and do not have to follow the calendar year if they choose not to;
  • Employees shall be entitled to use earned sick time in hourly increments or in the smallest increment the employer’s payroll system uses to account for absences or use of other time;
  • Where an employee’s absence from work at a designated time requires the employer to hire a replacement and the employer does so, the employer may require the employee to use up to a full shift of earned sick time;
  • An employer shall have the option but is not required to offer an employee a payout of up to 40 hours of unused earned sick time at the end of the employer’s calendar year, provided the employer makes available to the employee at least 16 hours of sick time at the beginning of the new calendar year.

Please contact the office if you have any specific questions.

 

MA WIC LABELS NOT REQUIRED

ON END-AISLE SALE DISPLAYS OF WIC ITEMS

A few weeks back MFA distributed a survey on shelf labeling of MA WIC approved items in food stores.  We have been informed by the MA WIC office that MA WIC shelf labels are not required at locations other than the approved food items normal shelf location.  WIC approved items that are at an end-aisle or discount locations other than their normal shelf location do not have to display the purple WIC shelf label at these alternative displays.

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MFA NEWS SCAN APRIL 27, 2015


- Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MA AG RELEASES EARNED SICK TIME REGULATIONS

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