Massachusetts Paid Sick Days Initiative

The Massachusetts Paid Sick Days Initiative was a successful initiative voted on in the Massachusetts general election held on November 4, 2014. It was one of four 2014 ballot measures put to public vote.


Question 4 on the ballot, "Earned Sick Time for Employees".[1]

A YES VOTE on the question would allow workers to earn and use a set amount of paid or unpaid sick time per year based on specific conditions, such as the size of their companies.[2]
A NO VOTE maintains current laws.[2]
Response Votes %
Yes 1,256,941 57%
No 859,621 39%
blank 70,329 4%

Source: [1]


The law went into effect on July 1, 2015,[3] with approximately 200 clarifications and adjustments made by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.[4] The law requires that companies with 11 or more employees give workers up to 40 hours of paid sick time a year, while smaller companies may offer it unpaid.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Statewide Ballot Questions — Statistics by Year: 2014". Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Stephanie, Vallejo (November 2, 2014). "2014 Massachusetts ballot questions: Your cheat sheet". The Boston Globe. p. R.9. Retrieved March 10, 2018 – via
  3. ^ Johnston, Katie (June 15, 2015). "Firms struggle with sick time rules". The Boston Globe. p. A.1. Retrieved March 11, 2018 – via
  4. ^ a b Johnston, Katie (June 20, 2015). "Wrinkles in sick-time law ironed out". The Boston Globe. p. B.5. Retrieved March 11, 2018 – via

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