Maternity Leave and Accrued PTO
We are located in Massachusetts where we have the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act. This law states that we have to allow 8 weeks of unpaid leave for anyone wishing time off for the birth or adoption of their child. Our company is less than 50 people so we are not required to provide FMLA coverage. Here is what I need help with. We have a woman who will be out on MMLA for 8 weeks. She will have a total 37.75 hours of accrued PTO when she goes out on leave. She is asking that we tack on another week to her 8 weeks leave for this PTO use. Are we required to provide the use of PTO during or in conjunction with her leave? I offered to pay her for the unused PTO since she will be beginning her leave near the end of the year, however, she is requesting that the PTO be added to her leave. Any suggestions/advice? Thanks in advance.