Reminder: Massachusetts PFML regarding “care for family member” available July 1

State paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws provide for paid leave from work for eligible employees based on certain qualifying life events, such as the birth or adoption of a child, to care for oneself or a family member who is experiencing a serious medical condition, or to care for a family member injured while on active duty in the military, among others. Employees receive a weekly benefit which represents a portion of their regular compensation based upon a state created formula.

Most Massachusetts PFML benefits became payable January 1, 2021. However, benefits payable for a qualifying event relating to care for a family member become available July 1, 2021.

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave hosted informational webinars for employers to help answer questions and review responsibilities and requirements. You can access a recording of that webinar here >>

We’ve compiled a review of Massachusetts’ Paid Family and Medical Leave to ensure you’re aware of key upcoming dates and the requirements to ensure your compliance. You can read that here >

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Employers should closely monitor the rules and regulations specific to their jurisdiction(s) and should seek advice from counsel relative to their rights and responsibilities.

By Megan Butz
General Counsel, HR Compliance, Checkwriters
Megan joined Checkwriters in 2020 and is responsible for reviewing, revising, and implementing internal policies of the company, advising on human resource, employment, and labor matters, and monitoring and publishing state and federal legal updates to the Checkwriters News and Compliance Center for distribution to thousands of clients around the country. Before joining Checkwriters, Megan served as a judicial law clerk for the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court performing legal research and writing, followed by private practice in Cape Cod.

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