RECENTLY, MASSACHUSETTS IMPLEMENTED THE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE LAW GOING INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1, 2019 THAT WASSIGNED INTO LAW ON JUNE 28, 2018.
The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) provides wage replacement to workers to help them bond with a child, care for themselves or a family member with a serious health condition or help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service. The program mandates reporting requirements, premium, collection and remittance. Below is information regarding this new paid family leave law:
Before June 30, 2019, Employers and Covered Business Entities are required to provide written notice to their current workforce of benefits and contribution rates. This can be done by:
While the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (Department) doesn’t provide a template for the notice, it should include the following:
Failing to provide the required information listed above can result in fines of $50 per individual for a first violation and $300 per individual for a subsequent violation.
As of July 1, 2019, employers are responsible for the following in addition to notifying their workforce about the PFML benefits:
For an example of how the withholding for the premium is calculated, please refer to Mass.gov.
Starting January 1, 2021, eligible workers can begin taking leave for qualified family and medical events.
Refer to Mass.gov for additional information.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our HCM Consultants or request a consultation at https://www.sikich.com/human-resources/.
Alice Kokodis, S. Berube. Updated Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations Offer Additional Guidance as July 1 Effective Date Draws Near. Littler. April 3, 2019. https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/updated-massachusettspaid-family-and-medical-leave-act-regulations
Christopher Kaczmarek, A. Kokodis, S. Berube. Massachusetts extends critical compliance deadlines under the paid family medical leave law. Littler. May 2, 2019. https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/massachusetts-extends-criticalcompliance-deadlines-under-paid-family
Employer responsibilities. A guide to paid family and medical leave for massachusetts employers. 2019. Mass.gov. https://www.mass.gov/guides/a-guide-to-paid-family-and-medical-leave-for-massachusetts-employers#-employer-responsibilities-