IMPORTANT LAW UPDATE FOR ALL EMPLOYERS IN MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts will begin offering covered individuals paid family and medical leave in January 2021. The state has set forth certain requirements starting in June 2019 that employers must comply with:
June 30, 2019
o All employers in Massachusetts must notify covered individuals about their rights under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) by:
- Displaying the PFML workplace poster
- Providing written notice of contributions, benefits, and workforce protections to Massachusetts W-2 employees and Massachusetts 1099-MISC contractors; and
- Collecting signed acknowledgments of receipt of such notice
July 1, 2019
o Employers must begin deducting payroll contributions from a covered individual’s wages to fund the PFML benefits.
o A covered individual’s average weekly earnings will determine his or her benefit amount, for a maximum benefit of up to $850 per week.
January 1, 2021
o Covered individuals will be entitled to up to 20 weeks of paid medical in a benefit year if they have a serious health condition that incapacitates them from work.
o Covered individuals will be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid family leave in a benefit year for:
- The birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child; or
- Because of a qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a family member is on active military duty or has been notified of an impending call to active duty.
o Covered individuals may be entitled to up to 26 weeks of paid family leave in a benefit year to care for a family member who is a covered service member with a serious health condition.
July 1, 2021
o Covered individuals may be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
If you have any questions regarding the PFML or any other labor and employment law matter, please contact an attorney at Franklin, Gringer & Cohen, P.C. at 516-228-3131.