Hi and welcome to JA. I am Ray and will be the expert helping you tonight.
Massachusetts has a state mandated maternity policy.
Here are the requirements..
A female employee is eligible for maternity leave under the MMLA if:
A. She has completed the initial probationary period, if any, set by the terms of her employment; or, if there is no such probationary period, has been employed by the same employer for at least three consecutive months as a full-time employee; and
B. she is absent from such employment for a period not exceeding eight weeks for the purpose of:
- giving birth; or
- adopting a child under the age of 18; or
- adopting a child under the age of 23, if the child is mentally or physically disabled; and
C. she gives her employer at least two weeks notice of her anticipated date of departure and intention to return.
If an employee meets these eligibility requirements, the employer must grant eight weeks of unpaid maternity leave under the MMLA. An employer cannot refuse to grant MMLA leave on the grounds that doing so would constitute a hardship.
If the employee does not meet these requirements then it is possible to terminate an employee here.If they meet the requirements and give proper notice as set out above they can have 8 weeks of unpaid leave here.The statute is clear and determines your rights in all of this.
I appreciate the chance to help you tonight.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.