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.
- Certain Massachusetts employers must provide eligible employees with paid sick leave. See Paid Sick Leave.
- 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.