“’Community, labor and religious groups collected 359,000 signatures from voters in 2017 and 2018, which catapulted a $15 minimum wage and paid leave to be passed by the Legislature,’ Lew Finfer, co-director of Massachusetts Communities Action Network, said in a release.

The changes come at a pivotal time during the COVID-19 emergency, where some jobs don’t offer paid leave to care for a long-term illness. Effective July 1, 2021, workers will also be able to apply for leave to take care of any family member with a serious health condition.”

Minimum wage hike, paid sick time take effect in Mass.