The current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis have brought paid family and medical leave to the forefront of the national consciousness. While the federal government and other states have created new, immediately effective, paid family and medical leave laws, Massachusetts has remained committed to the existing timeframe for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

Massachusetts says yes!

An amendment to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act requires employers to accommodate pregnant workers.

According to the law, some accommodations that may be necessary for pregnant workers, include:

  • more frequent or longer breaks;
  • time off;
  • acquisition or modification of equipment or seating;
  • temporary transfers;
  • job restructuring;
  • light duty;
  • private non-bathroom space

“Elections have consequences” goes the maxim and one of the consequences of the November 4 election is that employers in four additional jurisdictions have paid sick leave laws (PSL) to consider.  The margin of approval suggests that PSL laws are widely supported by the electorate.

Massachusetts becomes the third state to enact a PSL, following