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Is Paid Family Medical Leave Coming to Massachusetts?

Published:  July 5, 2017

Massachusetts employers are familiar with the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Massachusetts Parental Leave Law.  As employers are well aware, both of those laws require that employees be allowed unpaid time off in certain circumstances.  However, that may be about to change.

Bill H. 2172 is currently pending in the Massachusetts State Legislature. The pending legislation is similar to the FMLA with the exception that it provides for paid leave instead of the unpaid leave under the FMLA.  If passed, the bill would allow employees twelve (12) weeks of paid leave in the event of the birth or adoption of a child, or a maximum of twenty-six (26) weeks of paid leave for medical leave.  Under the proposed legislation, employees would be compensated based upon a formula, however, the amount of compensation would not exceed $650.00 per week. 

The potential paid leave would be funded by employers.  Employers are offered several options to meet their requirements under the proposed legislation.  For instance, employers can pay into the family and employment security trust fund, purchase an insurance policy, or self-insure. 

If enacted, this legislation would obviously increase the cost of doing business for employers.  We will continue to monitor the progress of this legislation and will be sure to update you as matters progress.

If you have any questions regarding FMLA, the Massachusetts Parental Leave Law, or any other aspect of employee leave law, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.

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