State Initiative

Massachusetts Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Jul 26, 2018

Massachusetts became the sixth state to pass this legislation.

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts passed a paid family and medical leave law, becoming the sixth state in the country to pass this type of legislation. These critical benefits will allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off to bond with a new baby or a child newly placed for foster care or adoption, or to care for a sick family member, without fear of losing their job or bearing a large financial burden. It will also allow workers to take up to 20 weeks of job-protected paid time off for their own serious health needs. The program will be funded through a 0.63% payroll tax that will be split between the employer and the employee, and benefits will be paid as a percentage of the employees’ wages with an $850 per week cap.

The bill was sponsored by Raise Up Massachusetts - a coalition of labor unions and community and religious organizations. Other states with paid family and medical leave laws include California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, and Washington State as well as Washington, D.C.

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