With summer right around the corner, it is a good time to remind Massachusetts employers about some recent legislative changes affecting holidays.

Previously, Massachusetts law required employers to provide unpaid time off to veterans to participate in a Memorial Day or Veterans Day exercise, parade or service in their community of residence. That remains the law for employers with less than 50 employees.

Employers with more than 50 employees, however, now must pay for such leave on Veterans Day, provided the employee provides “reasonable notice.” (Such employers still have the discretion to provide unpaid leave on Memorial Day.)

This new law does not apply to veteran employees whose services are “essential and critical” to public health or safety and essential to the safety and security of the employer and/or its property.

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