Massachusetts Employers Required to Provide Paid Leave on Veterans Day

In July 2016, Chapter 149 of the Massachusetts General Laws was amended to require Massachusetts employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave on Veterans Day for any veteran desiring to participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence.  The leave must be of “sufficient time” to permit the veteran to participate in such services.

For Massachusetts employers with less than 50 employees, the law remains the same – veterans are entitled leave on Veterans Day to participate in an exercise, parade, or service in his her community of residence, but the leave may be paid or unpaid, as determined by the employer.

In light of this amendment, employers with 50 or more employees should review and update, as necessary, their Handbooks and/or leave policies to ensure compliance.

About Amanda Marie Baer

Amanda Marie Baer is a Partner in the firm's Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Group.  Amanda focuses her practice on representing employers in federal and state courts and before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Amanda defends employers against claims concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, interference, and accommodations.  Amanda also has experience in conducting workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination or harassment, and litigating to enforce (or defend claims regarding) employment, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, and severance agreements. Amanda's litigation experience makes her a valuable resource for employers seeking counsel on a myriad of day-to-day human resources issues and/or employment actions.
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