Medical and Sick Leaves

Steffans Legal Represents Employees Regarding Medical And Sick Leaves In Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, And Cape Cod

Massachusetts and federal law both entitle employees to medical and sick leave, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, and the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law.  

Steffans Legal has over 12 years’ experience in helping Massachusetts employees deal with situations in which they are being denied medical or sick leaves. From Pittsfield to Springfield, Worcester to Fall River, and on Cape Cod, we’ve taken these types of cases to trial and know how to get the relief you deserve. Over that time, we’ve learned that Massachusetts employees typically ask the following questions when they are being denied medical leave.

Are you a Massachusetts employee being denied medical or sick leave? Contact Steffans Legal today to explore ways to get the leave you need and to remedy the harm caused by the denial

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Medical and Sick Leaves

Am I Entitled to a Medical Leave? Maybe. There are four sources that may provide you with medical leave: the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Massachusetts Unlawful Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law. Each of these laws has particular requirements, but they each, under the right circumstances, provide employees with medical leaves.  

Can the Family Medical Leave Act help me? Yes, if (1) your employer has 50 or more employees, (2) you have worked more than 1250 hours over the preceding year, and (3) you or a next of kin suffer from a serious health condition. If you meet these requirements, you get up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the FMLA.

What about the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act? Do those allow me to take medical leave? Maybe. If you suffer from a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, you are entitled to unpaid leave, if that leave will help you address your condition, so long as the leave is reasonable. Determining what is and is not reasonable is complicated and depends heavily on the nature of your employer’s operations and its ability to function in your absence.    

What about the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law? Will that help? Yes. All employees in Massachusetts are entitled to sick leave. Employees accrue the right to this leave at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 worked, and may accrue up to 40 in a calendar year. Employees may use this earned sick time to care for their own illnesses and for others, in certain situations. If your employer has fewer than 11 employees, the leave is unpaid. 11 or more? Paid.  

Can you help? Yes we can help. Steffans Legal represents Massachusetts employees in Pittsfield, Adams, Fall River, Lowell, New Bedford, Cape Cod, and Worcester get the medical leave they deserve and fight back when that leave is wrongfully denied.   

What next?

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