Family and Medical Leave FAQs
Family and medical leave under the federal laws (FMLA) or the new Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Act is available to many employees in Massachusetts, and comes with important protections employers need to know about. Small businesses in particular, who never had to worry about FMLA compliance because they did not have 50 or more employees, now need to understand the state law requirements, which apply to all employers. Massachusetts also has a state law specific to earned sick time that employers and employees should be aware of in the event of illness. Below are some frequently asked questions about family and medical leave and earned sick time in Massachusetts, and links to their answers.
Eligibility for Family or Medical Leave
What are family and medical leave rights?
Who is eligible for federal family medical leave?
Who is eligible for Massachusetts family medical leave?
As a small business, do I have to provide family and medical leave?
Does an employer have to provide leave beyond the time in the PFMLA?
Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave
How is Massachusetts Paid Family Leave funded?
What employers have to contribute to Massachusetts paid family medical leave?
Can self-employed individuals get paid family medical leave?
How much leave are employees entitled to?
What is a "benefit year" for PFML?
How much are PFML benefits?
What notice do employers have to provide about Massachusetts paid family medical leave?
How much notice do employees have to provide before taking leave?
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After Family Medical Leave is Requested
What should I do if an employee requests family or medical leave?
What is retaliation under the PFMLA?
Can I terminate an under-performing employee who takes leave?
Can I hire a replacement for an employee out on leave?
Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law
How We Can Help
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