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June 8, 2021

Massachusetts Emergency Paid Sick Leave (MEPSL)

The seal of the Office of the Comptroller. The seal is a blue ring with the words Office of the Comptroller, Massachusetts. Inside the blue ring is a yellow ring with the words Clarity, Accountability, Integrity. Inside the yellow ring is the State Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

On May 28, 2021, Governor Baker signed into law “An Act Providing for Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave” which provides in part:

On September 29, 2021, the Governor signed into law an extension of this program until April 1, 2022.

The duration of MEPSL is dependent on the availability of reimbursement funding available to employers, or April 1, 2022, whichever comes first.

This memo explains the MEPSL program and provides payroll instructions for how Commonwealth payroll staff are to enter pay for eligible employees into the payroll system.