Earned Sick Time – Announcement

Boston University Enrollment & Student Affairs
Laurie A. Pohl, Ph.D., Vice President
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
T 617-353-9814  F 617-353-7300

DATE:    June 26, 2015
TO:         Deans, Directors and Department Heads
FROM:  Laurie A. Pohl
RE:          Update: Student Employees and the Massachusetts Law on Earned Sick Time

On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office released final regulations regarding the new Massachusetts Earned Sick Time law.  Although initially student employees were eligible to earn sick time under law, the final regulation now exempts most Boston University student employees from the law. Under the newly published regulations, graduate and undergraduate student employees enrolled at least half-time who meet one or more of the following criteria are exempt from earning paid sick time: 1) working at Boston University during an academic semester or term; 2) working as a Resident Assistant in University-owned residences; or, 3) participating in the Federal Work-Study Program.

A limited number of student employees may be eligible to earn paid sick time if they work over a break period of greater than five weeks.  This population largely comprises students employed during the summer term who are not enrolled at least half-time in the BU summer term. Student Employment will work with departments employing students covered under the new law to assist in tracking and implementation of this legislation that is effective July 1, 2015.

If you have any questions, please email the Student Employment Office at seo@bu.edu or contact Carol Gately, Student Payroll Manager, at 617-353-2882.


CC:       Diane Tucker, Chief Human Resources Officer

Department Payroll Coordinators

Student Employee Supervisors