Massachusetts

The Massachusetts’ Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) has been live since January 1, 2021.

Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)

What is the Update?

Effective January 2022, the benefit rate for MA PFML will increase from $850 per week to $1,084.31 per week and the contribution rate will decrease from .75% to .68%. If you have 25 or more MA employees, you are responsible for making employer contributions. If you have fewer than 25 covered MA employees, you do not need to make employer contributions.

Handbook/Policy Updates

Larkin recommends (though it’s not legally required) to update your handbook. 

Notice Requirements

In MA, there is a required notice (see “Notifying Massachusetts W-2 employees” at the below link) that must be provided to new hires (including contractors) within 30 days of employment.  Signed acknowledgement of receipt or refusal from the employee must be retained. There is also a separate poster, that must be displayed in your workplace (see “Workplace poster” at the same link below).

2022 Workplace Notifications (English)

Larkin Action

The Larkin Company will be updating leave packets to reflect the increased benefit amount.

Further Company Considerations 

Ensure you are offsetting any salary continuation/company top-up pay aligned with the new benefit rate maximum, where applicable.  The Larkin Company will adjust offsets for any top-up (leave of absence pay) calculations or STD, accordingly, if we handle these services for you.   

*Reminder: claims that start in 2021 will be awarded 2021 benefit rates. Claims that begin on or after January 1, 2022, will be eligible for the new benefit rate.

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Updated: 12/10/21