Yesterday, the Baker Administration and the Legislature issued a statement confirming that they have agreed to adopt a 3 month delay to the start of the required contributions under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Law, and to make technical changes to the statute to improve the program design.

The Legislature will need to advance a bill to make changes to the statute. The bill will provide for a 3 month delay to the July 1st contributions start date for the PFML program, as well as an opportunity to clarify program design and make technical changes.

It is expected that the contribution rate will increase from 0.63% to 0.75% to make up for the lost contributions due to the 3 month delay. The January 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021 effective dates for the commencement of leave benefits will remain unchanged.

Other proposed technical amendments would clarify intermittent leave and the definition of “serious health condition.” The clarifying amendments will also align core principles of MA PFML with federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

There has been no guidance from the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) germane to any delay of the June 30th deadline for the mandatory notices to be distributed to employees and covered contract workers. 

We will continue to provide updates once available.