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Massachusetts Maternity Leave Becomes Parental Leave on April 7, 2015

January 14, 2015 Leave a comment

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Just before leaving office, Governor Patrick signed into law a bill extending the existing Massachusetts Maternity Leave protections to all employees.  Now both parents of the child can take advantage of this benefit.

Although the Parental Leave closely tracks the old Maternity Leave some new provisions have been added. One, being that if two employees work for the same employer, they will only be entitled to 8 weeks of parental leave in aggregate for the birth or adoption of a child. In addition an employee on parental leave for adoption is now entitled to the same benefits as an employee on leave for the birth of a child.  There is also some interaction with other laws that you should be aware of.  To see how this new law could affect you please read the full alert.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of our Employment Law Group.