Agency Update: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

May 15, 2019

Temporary funding and further legislation must be passed before February 15, 2019, to keep the government funded, after the shutdown that began in December.

Private Plans Updates

The Department of Family and Medical Leave recently revised their stance on an employer’s option for private plans. The DFML has stated that benefits under a private PFML plan that has been approved for an exemption do not have to begin until January 2021. Employers thus may receive approval of a private plan even though the plan does not provide paid leave benefits until January 2021, when the public programs leave benefits commence.

Under the DFML’s previous stance, a private plan would had to have provided benefits in advance of approval and applying for the exemption now would have required an employer to provide the paid leave benefits now, 18 months earlier than the public program’s benefits commence in January 2021.

The department also changed the deadline for the First Quarter in which the new leave is in effect (July – September 2019) for private plan exemption.  The deadline has been updated from June 30, 2019 to September 20, 2019. This will provide time to avoid first quarter contributions for PFML. 

Notice Update

Employers do not need to provide notification of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act until June 30, 2019.  This date was moved from May 31, 2019.

Next Steps

We are continuously monitoring this law and will provide updates as they are made available by the agency.  The effective date of July 1, 2019 has remained unchanged and we are still awaiting final regulations to be released.


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