New paid family and medical leave benefits become available in Massachusetts Jan. 1, 2021

Beginning with the start of the new year, new paid family and medical leave benefits will become available to eligible workers in Massachusetts. The benefits are the result of legislation signed into law in 2018. Starting Jan. 1, that law provides up to 12 weeks to bond with a newborn child or to care for a family member, 20 weeks to manage a serious personal health condition and up to 26 weeks to care for a family member who is a member of the military. The state program is offered separately from the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and any employer-offered leave.Benefit amounts are variable, based on an applicant’s average weekly wages and the average weekly wage in the commonwealth. Employees should give at least 30 days’ notice before beginning their application for paid leave and applications can be submitted up to 60 days before leave begins, state officials said. Unplanned leave can also be applied for retroactively.Information about the program and how to apply is available on the state website: Mass.Gov/PFML

Beginning with the start of the new year, new paid family and medical leave benefits will become available to eligible workers in Massachusetts.

The benefits are the result of legislation signed into law in 2018.

Starting Jan. 1, that law provides up to 12 weeks to bond with a newborn child or to care for a family member, 20 weeks to manage a serious personal health condition and up to 26 weeks to care for a family member who is a member of the military.

The state program is offered separately from the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and any employer-offered leave.

Benefit amounts are variable, based on an applicant’s average weekly wages and the average weekly wage in the commonwealth.

Employees should give at least 30 days’ notice before beginning their application for paid leave and applications can be submitted up to 60 days before leave begins, state officials said. Unplanned leave can also be applied for retroactively.

Information about the program and how to apply is available on the state website: Mass.Gov/PFML

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