Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Employer Reimbursement

Massachusetts’ COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave program expired March 15, 2022. This law required employers to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons. In late February, the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance alerted employers that reimbursements for the program were reaching their budget limit of $100 million. While the program expired on March 15, employers can still submit reimbursement requests until April 29, 2022.

Applying For Reimbursement

The application for reimbursement is available through the Department of Revenue’s MassTaxConnect website. The following step-by-step is for those already registered for Emergency Sick Leave Reimbursement. Click here for a step-by-step to register.

  1. Log into your MassTaxConnect account.
  2. Select the “Summary” tab to see your list of tax accounts.
  3. Find the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave” panel and click “View Returns.”
  4. There will be a list of returns that can be filed to submit the reimbursement request. Click “File Now” for the week ending when the sick leave was paid.
  5. On the return, fill out the information for each employee for which you are seeking reimbursement.  Read the “Information” section, then select the “Attestation” check box for each employee.  Once finished, click “Next.”
  6. Review the confirmation information and select “Submit” to file your request. 
  7. The request for Emergency Paid Sick Leave reimbursement is completed.  Select “OK” to go to the “Returns” screen.
  8. The status of the return will say “Submitted”.  The status will change to “Processed” overnight. If needed, you can view or amend a previously submitted and processed return. 

Employers should submit all reimbursement requests at the latest by April 29, 2022. Requests can take several weeks or more to process. If you have any questions, please contact your dedicated Creative Benefits, Inc. team member.