Massachusetts law about employment leave for domestic violence

A compilation of laws and web sources about the Massachusetts law providing leave for domestic violence victims and their family members.

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Massachusetts law

15 days Up to 15 days in 12 months

MGL c.149, § 52E Leave from work when employee or family member of employee has been victim of abusive behavior. 
Provides for up to 15 days of leave in any 12 month period under certain circumstances.

Web sources

Attorney General's advisory concerning M.G.L. c. 149, § 52E employment leave for victims and family members of abuse, Mass. Attorney General, 2014.
Provides an explanation of the law granting leave for victims of domestic violence, with guidance for employers.

Breaks and time off: domestic violence and abusive situation leave, Attorney General's Fair Labor Division.
Clearly explains when this type of leave may be used.

Need to take time off from work to deal with domestic violence?, Mass. Legal Help, 2019.
Explains who can take time off, reasons that you can take time off, and what you need to tell your job.



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Within Massachusetts only


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Last updated: January 7, 2020