Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)
What is the Update?
It was previously expected that the law would be updated so that employees could supplement PFML benefits with “any accrued sick or vacation pay or other paid leave provided under an employer policy”. However, this update to the legislation has been delayed. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our clients if the law is amended. In the meantime, it remains the case that employees can’t supplement MA PFML with PTO and other accrued leave. Employees, can, however, use PTO and other accrued leave during the unpaid PFML waiting period.
Employers cannot require employees to use sick/vacation/PTO, during the waiting period.
Update (11/21/22): The DFML (Department of Family and Medical Leave) released the MA PFML employee notice for 2023 that must be provided to current employees and new hires, as well as the new 2023 PFML poster, which must be displayed within your MA workplace. Please see the “Notice Requirements” section below for more information.
The notice must also be provided to new hires (including contractors) within 30 days of employment. Signed acknowledgement of receipt or refusal from each new hire must be retained.
There is also a separate poster, that must be displayed in your workplace (see “Workplace poster” at the same link below).
Further Company Considerations
Please also be sure to adjust your contributions in line with the updates, effective 2023.
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