Just a reminder that Friday, November 11, 2016 is Veterans Day. This year, a new law requires employers with Massachusetts employees to allow a Veteran to take time off to participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade or service in their community of residence.

Veterans are allowed to take sufficient time, and may not be required by an employer to take more time, to participate in such activities. Employers also cannot penalize or retaliate against a Veteran who takes such time off. For employers with 50 or more employees, the time off must be paid; for employers with fewer than 50 employees, the time may be paid or unpaid, at the employers’ discretion.

For the purposes of this law, Veterans include those individuals who were honorably discharged from the US military services, American Merchant Marine or Coast Guard, served full-time in the National Guard, as well as any individual who served for the United States in wartime and was awarded a service-connected disability or Purple Heart.