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Beware dangerous heat this week Posted by on

Don't take a chance with your health or the safety of other
workers on your job. Heat illness can not only cause you problems, it could lead to mistakes that hurt others. Take care of yourself and watch out for Brothers and Sisters on your job. NOTHING pays like safety.

Be sure there's plenty of clean, cold drinking water on your jobs. If there's not, bring it up with your carpenter steward. Government regulations and our collective bargaining agreement require employers to provide it.

And review the other other tips provided in the video below by OSHA.

MA Earned Sick Time law takes effect Posted by on

The Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Time law went into effect July 1st and entitles employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick time per calendar year. Click here to read a bulletin published by the Attorney General’s Office.

Some other items of note for contractors and members not mentioned in the bulletin:

  • Paid sick time does not include benefit contributions.

  • Time worked outside of Massachusetts can be counted toward accrual of earned sick time as long as the employee spends the majority of his time working in Massachusetts.

  • Example: A carpenter with a single employer works 40% of his hours in Massachusetts, 30% in New Hampshire and 30% in other states. Massachusetts is his primary place of work and all of his hours worked count toward the earned time off.

  • Break in Service - If a worker has a break in service and returns to work with the same employer
    • Within four months - All unused accrued sick time prior to the break in service is retained;
    • Between four and 12 months – the employee will maintain the right to use his unused earned sick time provided he has 10 or more hours of unused accrued sick time;
    • For all breaks in service less than 12 months, the employee will not need to restart the 90-day vesting period.
  • Further information:
    • Click here for full text of the regulations
    • Webinars have been scheduled for July 7 at 10 a.m., July 14 at 2 p.m., July 16 at 10 a.m., July 21 at 2 p.m. and July 23 at 10 a.m. and can be accessed by logging on here