- Associated Press - Monday, July 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Maura Healey is hailing a federal court ruling affirming the state’s new sick time law.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of contractor associations who argued the state law shouldn’t apply to union workers already covered by collective bargaining agreements.

U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel dismissed the challenge.

Healey said Monday that the ruling “makes clear that thousands of workers in Massachusetts who help to build our roads, bridges, and schools are among those who can now earn and use sick time to care for themselves and their families.”

Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they work.

The law took effect July 1.

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