Massachusetts Extends Parental Leave Rights to Employees Regardless of Gender
By Sasha Thaler
Since 1972, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (M.G.L. c. 149 s. 105D) has provided eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to full-time female employees who meet certain eligibility requirements, on the occasion of the birth and, more recently, the adoption of a child. One of former Governor Deval Patrick’s last official acts was to sign into law a revision of the MMLA that extends those rights and job protections to men, beginning on April 7, 2015.
The new Parental Leave Law retains many of the key provisions of the MMLA familiar to most Massachusetts employers: Read more →