Work & Family Policy Database
Subject: Pregnancy Disability Leave, Job-Protected Leave
Statute/Code Cite: Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, Sec. 105D; ch. 151B, Sec. 1(5).
Summary: Women workers in Massachusetts have greater access to maternity leave (defined here as leave for giving birth or leave to care for an adopted child) than under federal law. Under the Massachusetts leave law, women workers with three months’ tenure who are employed by businesses with six or more employees are entitled to up to eight weeks of job-protected leave. However, because the law is a maternity leave statute, male workers do not have greater parental leave rights than under federal law.
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