Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

The state of Massachusetts passed legislation in 2018 allowing employees to receive paid leave to take care of themselves, a sick family member or to bond with a new child during the first year of the child's life, adoption or foster-care placement. Leave is also permitted for specific events related to a family member's active-duty military service. Employer and employee contribution collection for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (MA PFML) will begin on October 1, 2019, with most benefits available to employees by January 2021.

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

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Timeline:

 = Employer action

7/1/19  Finalized regulations published

9/30/19     Deadline to have given written notice to employees of the law and program, and received a signed acknowledgement from employees of that notice

10/1/19     Payroll withholdings begin for employee program contributions

12/20/19   Employer private plan exemption applications for first-quarter contributions due

1/31/20     Fourth-quarter contributions must be remitted via Mass TaxConnect account

1/1/21  Benefits available for welcoming a new child, personal medical leave, and specific events related to a family member's active-duty military service

7/1/21  Benefits available to care for a family member with a serious health condition

Unum – Supplying answers and solutions

Unum is closely tracking Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation nationwide to provide employers with essential information and updates.

Unum will offer administration for self-insured private plans and offset with the Massachusetts plan. Unum is evaluating fully insured paid medical leave and paid family leave options based on recent guidance provided by the state.

Please contact your broker or Unum representative to learn more about your options and for assistance calculating your company’s MA PFML program costs.