Mass. paid family and medical depart program begins Friday

The Massachusetts family and sick leave paid program begins in the New Year, which means people may start enrolling on Friday.

The new vacation program provides temporary income to eligible workers who can request a range of needs, including their own conditions or those of family members. Parental leave for a new child is covered as well as some military considerations.

Eligible employees can take up to 20 weeks of paid leave per year for their own serious health condition or up to 12 weeks of parental leave for a new child within the first 12 months after the child is born, adopted or cared for. It can also take up to 12 weeks for a family member to be taken care of with serious health.

It may also take workers up to 26 weeks per year to care for a family member who is a member of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, undergoing medical treatment or temporary disability, or a family member look after child or other needs while that family member is deployed.

The Department of Family and Sick Leave, which is part of the state’s Executive Bureau of Labor and Human Resources Development, announced on Wednesday that it would begin adding applications to the program on January 1.

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