A Primer to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Contact: Matthew Mitchell, Morse
Posted May 1, 2019

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (the “PFML”) represents a sweeping change to the landscape of employee benefits laws that affect Massachusetts employers. Under the PFML, as of January 2021, millions of Massachusetts workers will become eligible for up to 26 weeks of job-protected, paid family and medical leave, on an annual basis, through a public-sponsored insurance program. A new payroll tax, divided between employers and employees, will fund the program.

Although the PFML does not go into full effect until 2021, the law contains certain compliance requirements that require employer action as early as May 2019. Given the scope and complexity of the PFML, Massachusetts employers are prudent to prepare now.

The following is an overview of the elements of the PFML that require employer compliance.

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