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AG Healey Urges No Delay In Earned Sick Time Law

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging state legislators not to delay the start of  a new law requiring paid sick time for most workers.

Business leaders have called for at least a 90-day delay to the July 1st   implementation of the earned sick time law voters overwhelmingly approved last fall.  Final regulations that are being written by the attorney general’s office won’t be out until June.

Jeff Ciuffreda, president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce said there is concern about how the regulations will impact small businesses.

" We are not trying to repeal it by any stretch of the imagination, but just make it so it is not so burdensome for small businesses," he said recently.

Healey, in a letter to Massachusetts Senate leaders said nearly a million low paid workers in Massachusetts will be eligible for earned sick time on July 1st and it is not right to make them wait any longer.