FMLA: Massachusetts

FMLA requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Ilisa S. Clark, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • Massachusetts currently does not require state family and medical leave for employees of private sector employers. However, Massachusetts employers with 50 or more employees will likely be required to adhere to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). See Family and Medical Leave.
  • While Massachusetts does not have a state equivalent to the FMLA, under the Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA), employers that are subject to the FMLA must grant eligible employees a total of 24 hours of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to allow employees to do things such as accompany their child to a routine medical or dental appointment. See Small Necessities Leave.
  • The Massachusetts Parental Leave Act applies to employers with six or more employees. The Act provides eligible employees with the right to receive up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for the birth, adoption or placement of a child. See The Massachusetts Parental Leave Act.
  • Massachusetts employers with 11 or more employees must provide paid sick time, while smaller employers must provide unpaid sick time. See Paid Sick Leave.