Massachusetts Enacts Law Granting Paid Leave To Veterans Participating In Veterans Day Activities

Posted on: Friday, July 29th, 2016

Though Massachusetts law has long required that employers provide protected leave to military veterans for the purpose of participating in Veterans Day or Memorial Day services, exercises, or parades, employers have always had full discretion in determining whether that leave would be paid or unpaid. As of July 14, 2016, however, that is no longer is the case with respect to Veterans Day leave.

Under the new law, M.G.L. chapter 149, section 52A½, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide paid leave to any veteran wishing to participate in any Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence.

This paid leave requirement does not affect employers with fewer than 50 employees or leave requested in connection with Memorial Day.


This advisory is for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances.

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