Care for a family member with a serious health condition
Paid family and medical leave, or PFML, is a benefit offered to Massachusetts workers provided by the Commonwealth.
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Up until now, PFML has provided paid leave to manage your own serious illness, bond with a new child or family member, or manage affairs while a family member is on active leave.
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As of July 1st, 2021, you can also apply for and receive leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
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The term "family member" applies to a wide range of people. They do not need to live in Massachusetts.
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You will need to have your family member's medical provider fill out a Certification to Care for a Family Member form.
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You're eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and a combined 26 weeks of paid family and medical leave.
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- Up to 12 weeks of paid family leave
- Up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave for yourself
- Up to 26 Weeks of paid family and medical leave combined
Learn more about paid leave to care for a family member and find out if you're eligible.