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MA: Payment for Accrued, Unused Sick Time Not Counted as Wages

Posted on February 02 2018 03:58 PM

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Addresses Wage Act

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued an opinion addressing payment for accrued, unused sick time.

Accrued, Unused Sick Time
According to the opinion, payment for accrued, unused sick time does not count as "wages" under the Massachusetts Wage Act (which governs, among other things, payment of wages upon termination).

Employers with questions as to the case's impact on workplace policies and procedures should contact a knowledgeable employment law attorney.

Background
Unlike accrued, unused sick time, vacation and holiday payments due an employee under an oral or written agreement are considered to be wages under Massachusetts law. Click here for more information.

To review other laws specific to Massachusetts, visit the State Laws section, click on Massachusetts, and choose your topic of interest from the left-hand navigation menu.