Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

Enacted in 2018, the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (MA PFML) allows employees to take paid leave to care for themselves or their family members under certain circumstances. Contributions from employers and employees to fund the program will begin on October 1, 2019, with most benefits becoming available by January 2021. Employers have the option of participating in the state plan or offering an approved private plan of their own.

Unum is helping employers prepare by:

  • Offering a fully insured private plan
  • Administering self-insured private plans
  • Offering offset plans that provide coverage above the state program*

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave FAQs

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinar

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Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

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 = Employer action

Now  Employers should already be hanging the PFML workplace poster in their workplaces  Download the poster here.

Soon  Employers should decide whether to go with the state plan or offer a private plan

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 program contributions, for employers who choose to go with the state program

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, for employers without a private-plan exemption

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

For employers who choose a private-plan option, Unum will offer fully insured and offset* solutions for Paid Medical Leave and Paid Family Leave. We will also offer administration for self-insured private plans.

While we develop our plan designs, we will continue to evaluate the evolving Massachusetts regulations to ensure our plans comply. We will also continue to closely track Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation nationwide, so we can provide employers with essential updates and information.

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

* Offset-plan benefits will be offset by the amount received under the state program.