An Act Establishing a Family and Medical Leave and Temporary Disability Insurance Program
S 1048, H 2172
Sponsored by Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Ken Gordon
No one should have to choose between their job and caring for a sick family member or a new child. And yet, nearly 40% of workers in the state (1.2M) are not guaranteed leave under the federal unpaid leave law because they work for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Further, unpaid leave is not a financially viable option for most working families, particularly low-income and single parent households. Many face financial hardship if they have to leave a job that puts food on the table to care for a family member that they love.
It’s time Massachusetts addresses these issues and creates a critical safety net for workers and their families. The paid family and medical leave (PFML) bill would create a new state program that provides benefits for workers to take up to 12 weeks of family care leave – to care for a new child or address a family medical emergency – and up to 26 weeks of temporary disability leave to take care of their own health. If passed, this law will ensure women and families of all races, backgrounds, and income levels have the ability to care for themselves and their families.