I need to take a leave of absence...what can I do?
There are various laws that might give you the right to take a leave of absence (but not necessarily the right to be paid for such leave). Each of these laws has specific eligibility requirements, so be sure to consider whether they apply to you and your employer. For example, some laws cover only employers who have a certain number of employees.
If you need to take a leave for the birth or adoption of a child, because of your serious medical condition, or because of the serious medical condition of a family member, you might be entitled to a leave under the Family & Medical Leave Act. For more information, call the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Labor (617-624-6700).
If you need to take leave to participate in school activities, or to accompany your children or elderly relatives to medical, dental, or other specialists, you might be entitled to a leave under the Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act.
If you need to take a leave for the birth or adoption of a child, you might be entitled to leave under the Massachusetts Parental Leave Law.
Eligible Massachusetts employees have the right to earn and take Sick Leave.