Tackling Tough Issues: Paid Sick Leave Time

November 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

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Every once in a while on MommaJam, we tackle tough issues facing parents today.

This week, we are talking about the new Paid Sick Time Law that went into effect July 1.

We spoke with Human Resources Expert Nancy Saperstone at Insight Performance, Inc., located in Dedham, about how the law helps parents.  Before the July 1, millions of full and part time workers were not eligible for paid family sick time.  If you got sick or your kids got sick, you had to take time off on your own dime.  Small businesses owners might say, “Hey, that’s how we roll, we can’t afford to pay sick time.”  But, many part time workers are parents who are also taking care of children and let’s face it, kids get sick all of the time.  And, they have to go to the doctor and dentist for strep tests, flu shots and routine check ups.  This new law ensures all workers at companies with 11 or more employees can accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked for a maximum of 40 hours, per year.  The law applies to full time, part time, seasonal and temporary workers.  If you’re at a company or own a company with 10 or less employees, you still get the sick time, just not paid.

Setting up payroll and updating handbooks might be tricky and time consuming.  Insight Performance helps companies comply with the new law and set up the program.  All businesses have to be in full compliance by Dec. 31, 2015.

A special thanks for Nancy Saperstone for discussing the new Paid Sick Time law.  If listeners have questions or comments about this topic, please send me email or ping me on Facebook.

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