Massachusetts had required employers to give time off to veterans to attend a Memorial Day or Veterans Day “exercise, parade or service” but left the issue of pay for that time off to the employer’s discretion, until last year.
In 2016, Massachusetts amended that law to require employers with at least 50 employees to provide paid time off to veterans to participate in such activities on Veterans Day only. Veterans must provide reasonable notice of the need for such leave. This leave law does not apply to “employees whose services are essential and critical to the public health or safety and determined to be essential to the safety and security of each such employer or [its]property….” M.G.L. Chapter 149, Section 52A1/2.