Time Off and Employment Leave Laws

The Town of Concord provides benefits-eligible employees with paid leave benefits (sick time, personal time, vacation, etc.).  Paid leave benefits for employees who are members of collective bargaining units can be found on the Employment Contracts page; leave benefits for non-collective bargaining unit employees are listed the Paid Leave Summary Chart below.

Paid Leave Summary Chart - Non-Collective Bargaining Unit employees

Employment Contracts - Collective Bargaining Unit employees

Certain types of leave are eligible for special protection under the law.  Information on these employment leave laws can be found below.
  1. Family & Medical Leave 
  2. Parental Leave
  3. Small Necessities Leave
  4. Military Leave
  5. Jury Duty Leave
  6. Domestic Violence Leave

The Town will comply with the requirements of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), as may be amended, which allows FMLA-eligible employees up to twelve (12) weeks of leave time each year for specific reasons stated in the Act and up to 26 workweeks during a single 12-month period for military caregiver leave as described in the Act.  FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) Leave may consist of either or both paid and unpaid leave; when an employee qualifies for FMLA Leave, the Town may require that paid leave be designated as FMLA Leave.  

To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have been employed by the Town at least 12 months and provided at least 1,250 hours of service to the Town during the previous 12-month period.

Employee Rights Under FMLA
FMLA Fact Sheet
FMLA Fact Sheet - Military Family Leave
FMLA Fact Sheet - In Loco Parentis Care for a Parent
FMLA Fact Sheet - In Loco Parentis for Birth, Bonding or Care for a Child

Note: The birth or adoption of a child is also a qualifying reason for leave under the Massachusetts Parental Leave law, although there are different eligibility rules.  Please see Family & Medical Leave tab for more information.