The state of Massachusetts does not offer state-mandated temporary disability. State maternity leave laws provide only unpaid job rights. Health insurance plans do not replace income when a family member experiences a medical event.

Residents should purchase private short-term disability before becoming sick, hurt, or pregnant. Do not rely on the state for this form of financial assistance. It would help if you did it yourself.


Maternity and paternity leave in Massachusetts will become far more affordable for new parents – beginning in January of 2021. The new law enhances the federal FMLA standby.

The state-based Paid Family Medical Leave Act provides partial income replacement and job security for most people who work in the Commonwealth.