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 (1.2 million) 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.
In a major win for working families, the Massachusetts Legislature passed and the Governor signed groundbreaking paid family and medical leave legislation into law in 2018. Learn more here.