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  • Can maternity leave be split up in Massachusetts? Massachusetts

    I have a question:

    Let's say I had a baby 4 months prematurely and took a month off as MMLA maternity leave to care for my baby while it's in the hospital. Can I then go back to work for 3 months (while the baby is still in the hospital) and then continue to take the rest of my maternity leave when the baby comes home? Or does maternity leave have to be taken in one "chunk"?

    Thanks!

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    A. When Maternity Leave May be Taken.

    Maternity leave under the MMLA is available to a female employee either "for the purpose of giving birth" or to adopt a child. Thus, it is available at the time of the birth or adoption, but not substantially earlier or substantially later.

    Here is a site with questions & answers on the MMLA.

    http://www.mass.gov/mcad/maternity1.html
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      Do you qualify for FMLA?
      The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.

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