Employer Notice to Employees

The Commonwealth’s Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) announced on May 1 that the deadline for the employer notice to employees has been extended from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019. The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. For a sample of the notice, please click here.

Private Plan Exemption Deadline Extended

The Department’s current guidance requires that exemptions for private plans must be approved in the quarter prior to the quarter in which the Plan will be effective.  For the initial quarter only (July-September 2019), the deadline to file for a private plan exemption that will be in effect for July 1, 2019, has been moved from June 30 to September 20, 2019.  This will allow employers additional time to consider a private plan option.

Contributions to PFML begin July 1, 2019; the September 20, 2019 extension of the exemption application deadline impacts the contribution requirements if the exemption is approved.  If the exemption is denied, the company will be responsible for remitting the full contribution amount from July 1, 2019 forward.  For information about applying for a Private Plan Exemption, bond requirements and leave benefit requirements, please click here.

Don’t Forget the Poster Requirement

All Massachusetts employers must display the Paid Family and Medical Leave mandatory workplace poster prepared by the DFML that explains the benefits available under the PFML law.  An employer must post this poster at their workplace in a location where it can easily be read.  The poster must be in English and each language which is the primary language of 5 or more individuals in your workforce.  For a link to the poster, please click here.

It is anticipated the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave will be publishing further updates as the final regulations deadline of July 1, 2019 approaches. We will continue to provide updates as appropriate.