From the Hotline: Pay for Unused Time Under Massachusetts Sick Leave

Question: Under Massachusetts’ new earned sick leave law, effective July 1, 2015, how is unused but accrued sick leave to be managed if an employee leaves employment midyear?

Answer: While there may be an obligation to pay accrued but unused vacation wages at the time of separation in the state of Massachusetts, under the new sick leave mandate employers do not have to pay employees for unused sick time at the end of their employment.