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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 52A1/2: Veterans; participation in Veterans or Memorial Day exercise; leave of absence granted; exceptions

[ First paragraph effective until July 14, 2016. For text effective July 14, 2016, see below.]

  Section 52A1/2. Any employee who is a veteran as defined in clause Forty-third of section seven of chapter four or is a member of a department of war veterans listed in section seventeen of chapter eight and who desires to participate in a Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercise, parade or service shall be allowed and granted a leave of absence, with or without pay at the discretion of an employer, of sufficient time to participate in such services in their community of residence.

[ First paragraph as amended by 2016, 141, Sec. 21 effective July 14, 2016. For text effective until July 14, 2016, see above.]

  Any employee who is a veteran as defined in clause Forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4 or is a member of a department of war veterans listed in section 17 of chapter 8, and who desires to participate in a Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercise, parade or service shall be allowed and granted a leave of absence, with or without pay at the discretion of their employer, of sufficient time to participate in such services in their community of residence; provided, however, that employers with at least 50 employees shall grant the leave of absence on Veterans Day with pay if the employee provides reasonable notice for such leave.

  This section shall not apply to employees whose services are essential and critical to the public health or safety and determined to be essential to the safety and security of each such employer or property thereof.