Bringing Experts To District To Educate Business Owners On New Regulations

In June 2015, Sen. L’Italien brought Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office to the Lawrence Public Library to explain and answer questions from local business owners and other members of the public about new earned sick time regulations that went into effect last summer.

Sen. L’Italien organized the forum earlier this year after she was contacted by several local employers with questions and concerns about the then-pending regulations, which voters passed by ballot initiative the previous fall.

Sen. L’Italied backed the new regulations as a needed benefit for workers, but she was equally focused on making sure employers received assistance and information they needed to understand and implement the changes.

The law requires that employers provide earned paid sick time to eligible employees if they maintained 11 or more employees on the payroll during 20 or more weeks (whether consecutive or not) or for 16 consecutive weeks over either the current or preceding calendar year.

Read the Eagle-Tribune’s May 14 article about the AG’s Office visit to Lawrence to meet with business owners.