Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA)
A female employee who has been employed by the Conservatory for at least three (3) consecutive months as a full-time employee is eligible for an unpaid leave of absence not to exceed eight weeks for the purpose of giving birth or for adopting a child under the age of eighteen or for adopting a child under the age of twenty-three if the child is mentally or physically disabled. The employee must give at least two (2) weeks' notice to the Conservatory of her anticipated date of departure and intention to return. The employee shall be restored to her previous, or a similar, position with the same status, pay, length of service credit and seniority, wherever applicable, as of the date of her leave, unless other employees of equal seniority and status in the same or similar position have been laid off due to economic conditions or other changes in operating conditions affecting employment during the period of such leave.
Use of Vacation, Sick and Personal days:
A. Use of accrued but unused vacation or personal time: Employers cannot require an employee to use her accrued paid leave or personal time concurrently with all or part of her maternity leave under the MMLA, even if such requirement is imposed upon similarly situated person who take leave for other reasons.
B. Use of sick days: An employer may not require an employee to use her accrued sick leave for any part of her maternity leave under the MMLA that satisfies the employer's sick leave policy, even if the employer requires its employees to use accrued sick leave for other types of absences that satisfy the employer's policy.