Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) is coming to Massachusetts.

 Back in January, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) issued draft regulations. After several public listening sessions, the DFML issued revisions in March. The revised regulations are now available for public comment and hearing, and the final version of the regulations is set to be released on July 1, 2019. The new regulations will allow eligible employees access to paid leave benefits.

The Massachusetts Legislature and the Baker-Polito Administration have enacted legislation to delay the start of employer and employee contributions to the Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML) by three months to October 1, 2019.

As a Massachusetts employer, you are responsible for informing your employees about the state’s PFML law. All Massachusetts employers must display the Paid Family and Medical Leave mandatory workplace poster prepared by the DFML that explains the benefits available to your workforce under the PFML law. You must post this poster at your workplace in a location where it can be easily read.

In addition, on or before September 30, 2019, you are required to provide written notice to your workforce of PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outlined in M.G.L. c. 175M sec. 4. The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee or self-employed individual to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. The employee can receive the acknowledgment in paper form or electronically.

Do you want to drive business growth, while also ensuring compliance with new regulations, such as the upcoming PFML regulations? Partner with Navigate, and we’ll help you with these concerns. Here at Navigate, we provide comprehensive custom HR and business solutions that empower business owners to focus on the most important thing: growth and stability.

If you would like assistance with the new rule, contact us and we will be happy to help.