Labor, Employment and Benefits Breakfast Briefing: Paid Family and Medical LeavePrint PDF
In 2018, Massachusetts became the sixth state, along with the District of Columbia, to enact a statute providing for paid family and medical leave. The Paid Family and Medical Leave Law, or PFML, creates a new government agency called the Department of Family and Medical Leave, to administer a trust from which benefits will be paid. An employee may receive payments for up to 20 weeks of leave for the employee’s own health condition, and up to 12 weeks of leave to care for family members. The PFML applies to all employers in Massachusetts, and to all employees, regardless of tenure or hours worked. Although the Department of Family and Medical Leave will not begin paying benefits until 2021, the Commonwealth will begin collecting payroll taxes from employers and employees starting July 1, 2019 to fund the trust.
The Department of Family and Medical Leave issued a set of draft regulations on January 23, and is scheduled to publish its proposed regulations by the end of March. Please join the members of Nutter’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group to analyze the proposed regulations and discuss strategies for employers to ensure that their policies and practices will conform to the new law.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
155 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210