Legal Update: New Changes for Parental Leave

Many workers in Massachusetts do not qualify to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).[1]  Yet, at the same time, in a country where automatic leave to attend to the birth or adoption of child is rare, millions of employees rely on the FMLA to guarantee that their jobs will be available when they return work.

The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA), applies only to employees working in the Commonwealth, and was designed to fill in some of the FMLA’s coverage gaps for Massachusetts workers. This week new amendments expanded, clarified, and renamed the MMLA, “the Parental Leave Act.”  Besides the snazzy gender neutral name, there are two big changes to the act: Continue reading

The Month of March in Labor History

March 4, 1801: In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson declares: “Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

March 31, 1840: President Martin Van Buren issues an Executive Order providing for a 10-hour work day for all employees on federal public works projects.

March 7, 1860: Several thousand shoemakers in Lynn, Massachusetts begin a strike that soon spreads to 20,000 shoe workers all over New England. The strikers, who include men and women, eventually win Continue reading