Massachusetts Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave

Posted in Legislative Updates

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law affecting all employers in the Commonwealth by creating a paid family and medical leave program funded by a state payroll tax, increasing the state minimum wage, and eliminating premium pay requirements for work performed on Sundays and certain holidays.

To avoid November ballot questions initiated by multiple interest groups, last week the state legislature passed the “Grand Bargain” legislation addressing these issues, which Governor Baker signed without any changes. The new law has several significant changes in store for employers over the next 5 years. Paid Family and Personal Medical Leave Beginning in 2021, eligible employees will be allowed to take the following leave in a benefit year (defined as the
52-consecutive week period beginning on the Sunday preceding the first day the protected leave begins):

  • Up to 20 weeks of job-protected paid medical leave to care for their own serious health condition;
  • Up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid family leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition, to bond with the employee’s child during the first 12 months after the child’s birth or the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption or foster care with the employee, or because of any qualifying exigency arising out of an employee’s family member being active duty or notification of an impending call or order to be in the Armed Forces; and
  • Up to 26 weeks of job-protected paid family leave to care for a covered service member.

Please review the document below for more detailed information.