In the midterm elections, a majority of Massachusetts voters checked “yes” for Question 4 on their ballot – a measure that calls for employers with 11 or more employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year. Companies with fewer than 11 employees will have to provide up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.

Voters in Oakland, Calif., Trenton and Montclair, N.J. also approved sick time provisions for employees; they join municipalities like Newark, N.J. and New York, N.Y. that agreed earlier this year to either offer or expand paid time off.

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