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Other Leaves: Massachusetts

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Amanda K. Karras and Peter J. Moser, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Massachusetts. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Massachusetts employers may be required to provide small necessities leave, parental leave, paid family and medical leave, and pregnancy leave and accommodations under state law. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • An employer must provide sick and safe time to eligible employees. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide up to 15 days off to employees who are victims of abusive behavior or whose family member is a victim of abusive behavior. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • Massachusetts law provides servicemembers with the same rights and protections afforded by federal law. See Military Leave.
  • All employers in Massachusetts must provide jury duty leave to employees. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Employees who are veterans are entitled to take leave to observe Veterans Day and to participate in Memorial Day activities. See Veterans and Memorial Day Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate or otherwise discriminate against an employee who fails to report to work at the start of his or her regular working hours when the failure is due to his or her responding to an emergency as a volunteer member of a fire or ambulance department. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate or discriminate against an employee who is required to attend court because the employee is a victim of a crime upon which an accusatory instrument is based, or because the employee has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a criminal action. See Witness Duty Leave.
  • A manufacturing, mechanical or mercantile establishment must provide employees with voting leave. See Voting Leave.
  • A noncompetition agreement must be supported by a garden leave clause or other mutually agreed upon consideration. See Garden Leave.