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PFMLA: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

Paid family and medical leave becomes available on January 1st for your own serious health condition or to care for a child born/adopted/fostered within 1 year.

Parental leave: up to 12 weeks, sick leave: up to 20 weeks (available Jan 1, 2021)

Parents of children born, adopted, or placed in foster care during 2020 may be eligible for family leave to bond with their new child in 2021, regardless of the duration or type of leave taken in 2020. Leave may be taken until the child’s first birthday or the first anniversary of their adoption or foster care placement.

  • SO- if child was born/adopted/placed September 1, 2020, parent can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave after January 1, 2021 and before September 1, 2021 REGARDLESS of how much FMLA or other types of parental leave they took in 2020.
  • Parents who work in acute care hospitals and have a child who was born or placed in 2020 may request, and employers may grant, a period of family leave for bonding that extends beyond the 12 month period following the child’s birth or placement, provided that such leave shall not extend beyond December 31, 2021 regardless of whether the leave is provided through a public or private plan. This does not change their total allotment of leave for bonding with the child.

Beginning July 1, 2021, individuals will be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.

  • Family member includes the following: spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent or sibling; the parent of your spouse or domestic partner;
  • and guardians who legally acted as a parent when you were a minor.

For more information on questions on how this impacts your business, reach out to our Employment Law Group.

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