Massachusetts law

Up to 24 hours every 12 months

MGL c.149, § 52D(b) Small Necessities Leave Act. Law allows employees who qualify under the federal family and medical leave act to take off up to 24 hours in a 12 month period for:

  • your child's school activities, such as parent-teacher conferences
  • your child's medical appointments
  • your elderly relative's medical appointments

Massachusetts regulations

940 CMR 20 Employee leave for certain family obligations


    Web sources

    Attorney General's advisory on small necessities leave, Attorney General's Fair Labor and Business Practices Division
    Provides the former AG's interpretation of the Small Necessities law, including eligibility, notice and more

    Print sources

    Massachusetts employment law, MCLE, loose-leaf. Chapters 22 and 23.



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    Date published: September 12, 2019