M.G.L. c. 149, § 52D; 940 CMR 20.00 et seq. pdf format of 940 CMR 20

Time Off for Certain Family Obligations

Workers may have the right to take up to 24 hours of unpaid leave every 12 months for:

  • a child's school activities,
  • a child's doctor or dentist appointment, or
  • an elder relative's doctor or dentist appointment or other appointment related to the elder's care.

Workers are eligible for this leave if the employer has 50 or more employees, and if the worker has worked at least 1,250 hours for that employer in the last 12 months.

Note: Workers have the right to this leave in addition to the 12 weeks allowed by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

More Information:

The Attorney General's Advisory on Leave for Certain Family Obligations pdf format of Employees Leave for Certain Family Obligations, 1998/1

The U.S. Department of Labor's fact sheet on the Family and Medical Leave Act.