Confusion Over Paternity Leave In Massachusetts

Law360, New York (July 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Recent announcements by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination have caused confusion over whether men are legally entitled to eight weeks of unpaid paternity leave pursuant to the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act.

The MMLA, by its terms, provides for “maternity” leave to “female” employees who adopt or give birth, and contains no provision for paternity leave for male employees.

However, at a firm client seminar in late May, keynote speaker Martin Ebel, an MCAD commissioner, announced that in his opinion the MMLA should apply to both women...
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