With a Stroke of the Pen … Gov. Baker Brings Paid Family and Medical Leave to Massachusetts
"Massachusetts MomsRising members thank and commend Governor Charlie Baker for signing into law the paid family and medical leave bill the state legislature passed last week. The comprehensive paid leave program will take effect next year with workers being able to utilize benefits beginning in 2021. Massachusetts workers will have access to 12 weeks of job-protected family leave and 20 weeks of job-protected medical leave, with wage replacement of up to $850 per week. The program is funded by both workers and employers and its definition of ‘family’ includes spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, parents-in-law, in loco parentis, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings. It will help take strain off business as well as families and strengthen the state’s economy.
“MomsRising members in Massachusetts worked hard to make this victory possible, sharing personal stories, reaching out to their legislators by phone and email, joining regional meetings, and participating in lobby days on Beacon Hill – all to advance paid leave for Massachusetts families. We helped create critical bipartisan MOMentum that led to this victory!
“Passage of this bill also builds momentum for the national legislation our country needs. We are the only industrialized nation without this key policy in place, even though just 15 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid leave through their employers and many working people cannot afford to use the unpaid leave the Family and Medical Leave Act offers. In addition to continuing progress in the states, we need a national standard – one that is accessible, affordable and inclusive. Ultimately, we need Congress to pass the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a social insurance fund that benefits all workers in this country.
“We need Congress to follow Massachusetts’ lead!”