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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


  • Massachusetts employers are subject to a variety of family and medical leave laws. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Under the Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA), a covered employer must provide eligible employees with a total of 24 hours of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to do things such as accompany their child to a routine medical appointment. See Small Necessities Leave.
  • The Massachusetts Parental Leave Act (MPLA) requires a covered employer to provide an eligible employee with up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. See Parental Leave.
  • Massachusetts provides for paid family and medical leave benefits funded by employers and employees. See Paid Family and Medical Leave.
  • A covered employer may be required to provide time off to a pregnant employee as a reasonable accommodation. See Pregnancy Accommodations.
  • Other types of leave may be available to Massachusetts employees - some required by federal, state or local law, and some provided by company policy, as well as several sources of income replacement. See Interaction of Leave Laws.