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Massachusetts law about family and medical leave

There are 2 family and medical leave laws: Massachusetts (PFML) and Federal (FMLA). This is a compilation of laws, regulations, cases and web sources on both laws.

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Best bet

Mass. Department of Family and Medical Leave. For everything you need to know about the state program, included the state tax and benefits, this is the place to start.

Massachusetts law

MGL c.175M Paid family medical leave (PFML). Establishes a system for paid family leave of up to 12 weeks to care for a family member, and up to 20 weeks for your own illness. The tax that pays for it begins in 2019, and leave will be available beginning in 2021.

Massachusetts regulations

458 CMR Department of Family and Medical Leave

830 CMR 175M Family and Medical Leave

Federal law

29 USC §§ 2601 et seq. Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Federal regulations

29 CFR 825 Family and Medical Leave Act

Selected cases

DaPrato v. MWRA, 482 Mass. 375 (2019)
Taking vacation while on Federal FMLA. "An employer may validly consider an employee's conduct on vacation... that is inconsistent with his or her claimed reasons for medical leave.... [V]acationing while on FMLA leave may take either permissible or impermissible forms."

Web sources for employees

What is paid family and medical leave?, Mass. Dept. of Family and Medical Leave
Information on paid family and medical leave for workers, including frequently asked questions.

Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, U.S. Department of Labor
Includes links to law and regulations, forms, frequently asked questions and more

Massachusetts maternity leave: everything expectant parents need to know about the new paid family leave law, by Rebecca Gale, September 2018.
"Here’s how and when the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation will go into effect."

Your rights in the workplace , Nolo, 2018. 
Chapter 4: Family and Medical Leave "provides information about the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act, state family and medical leave laws, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It also discusses work and life balance and paid leave under state laws." Requires free library card for access.

Web sources for employers

Paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts employers, Mass. Dept. of Family and Medical Leave
A comprehensive page for Massachusetts employers. Includes information about employers’ obligations under the Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) law, as well as a practical guide to implementing the law.

Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, U.S. Department of Labor
Includes links to law and regulations, forms, frequently asked questions and more

Massachusetts paid family and medical leave: Latest updates ahead of January 1, 2021, effective date
A concise summary of the law for employers, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Massachusetts paid family and medical leave: what lies ahead, National Law Review, January 2019.
Summarizes key provisions of the law with clear information about effective dates.

Paid family and medical leave exemption requests, registration, contributions, and payments, Mass. Dept. of Revenue
Important information for employers from the Department of Revenue.

Print sources

Employee leave and accommodations law in Massachusetts, MCLE, 2018

Labor and employment in Massachusetts, Lexis, loose-leaf. Chapter 6

Massachusetts employment law, MCLE, loose-leaf. Chapters 17 and 20

Contact

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Date published: September 11, 2019
Last updated: July 6, 2021
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