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.


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.