Massachusetts Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & compensation compliance analysis

Massachusetts Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
However, Massachusetts does not have such a law.
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Detailed information on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy is available in the Maternity and Pregnancy topical analysis.
Parental leave expansion. Note that amendments to the state Parental Leave Act (PLA), formerly known as the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA), expanded the law to cover male employees, as well as female employees.
The MMLA requires employers with six or more employees to provide qualified employees with a maximum of 8 weeks of unpaid leave for specified purposes, including birth, adoption, and placement of a child.
More detailed information is available in the Maternity and Pregnancy topical analysis.
Adoption and placement. As noted above, the PLA also applies to adoption and placement of a child.
Detailed information on state and local sick leave requirements is available in the Sick Leave topical analysis.
Leave for organ donation—public employees. An employee of the commonwealth or of a county, city, or town may take up to 30 days’ paid leave of absence each calendar year to serve as an organ donor.
Taking such leave may not result in a loss of leave to which the employee is otherwise entitled or a loss of credit for time or service.
If the leave is foreseeable, the employee must give 7 days’ ...

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