‘Safe harbor’ rule offered for paid sick time law

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BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts business leaders have agreed on a plan to give some employers more time to adjust to the state’s voter-approved earned sick time law.

Healey has drafted a regulation that would allow businesses and nonprofits that already offer workers at least 30 hours of yearly paid sick time a six-month extension from the new law, which takes effect on July 1.

The so-called “safe harbor” provision was backed by business groups including Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

A spokesman for Healy says it should address concerns that have led to some calls on Beacon Hill to delay implementation of the law, which allows workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick time in a year.

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