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Telebriefs®: The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

There is a new law in Massachusetts which is immediately effective giving employees who are the victims of domestic violence a right to job protected leave and the act is modeled on the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The law was signed by Governor Patrick in Massachusetts on August 8, 2014 and it affects employers with at least 50 employees in the state of Massachusetts. Employers are now required to provide Massachusetts employees with up to 15 days of protected leave, who work in any 12 month period, if that employee or a family member of the employee is the victim of what is called “abusive behavior”, which the statute defines as domestic violence, criminal stalking or sexual assault. The employee may take this leave to address or obtain medical treatment or evaluation, to obtain necessary psychological or psychiatric counseling, to go to court and get a protective order, to go before a grand jury as a witness, to meet with a district attorney or other police or law enforcement officials about the purported abusive behavior, to attend child custody proceedings or to address any of the issues that come up in this type of domestic abuse. To read more or to listen to the Telebrief® from September 24, call about the Family and Medical Leave Act and other recent Labor and Employment laws please click here.


Geared to executives with employee relations responsibilities (HR directors, supervisors, managers, business owners), Labor and Employment Telebriefs® are information-packed 30 minute briefings via the telephone. Telebriefs® provide information and insights to help executives stay current with latest workplace law developments and in front of trends so as to enable proactive policy making and management . On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 9 – 9:30 am ET, join Offit Kurman Labor & Employment Chair Howard Kurman, as he discusses developments occurring over the past two-three weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. The focus is squarely on the practical. Why is this event significant for employers? What are the lessons to be learned or actions taken? These twice-monthly teleconferences are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest Labor and Employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company.  Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call! If you have any questions regarding  labor and employment issues please contact Howard Kurman: | 410.209.6417


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Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace.

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