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MA Paid Family Medical Leave

posted Sep 20, 2019, 12:25 PM by Amy Miller

MA Paid Family Medical Leave

 

On June 28th, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Signed Bill H.4640 into law. This bill establishes a mandatory statewide paid family and medical leave program, which will be administered by a new Department of Family and Medical Leave. The leave program will be financed through a combination of employer and employee contributions.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ACTION IS REQUIRED ON YOUR PART!!

 

Every ServiceNet employee is required to sign the Employer Notice to W-2 Employees. Starting on September 23rd, this document will appear when you sign in to Datis.  Please read it carefully, as it briefly explains your rights and obligations under this law, and acknowledge it electronically.

 

What is the Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)?

  • It is a program that covers both family leave and leave for an employee’s own sickness, injury or disability that did not result from their job.

 

What are the benefits under this program?

  • A total of 26 weeks for a combination of Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Up to 12 weeks of Family Leave (includes active duty family military leave, plus bonding time)
  • Up to 20 weeks of Personal Medical Leave / Disability
  • Up to 26 weeks of caregiver benefit for service member
  • The weekly benefit will be up to 80% of an employee’s earnings

 

Who pays for this benefit?

  • You and your employer share the cost. Please note that you will have a new payroll deduction starting October 1, 2019, which will amount to .378% of your gross wages per pay period.
  • Benefits will be available starting on January 1, 2021 for employees taking medical leave, and on July 1, 2021 for employees taking care of an ill family member. For more information, please go to: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-family-and-medical-leave

 

How can I find out how much of a benefit I can receive, based on my income, and if I have to go out on paid family medical leave?

  • The state has done a wonderful job of creating resources to help us navigate through the PFML, and to answer questions about how this new law will work. Here is the link to the calculator they have created:

https://calculator.digital.mass.gov/pfml/yourbenefits/

 

 

Thank you,

Bruno Calouro

Senior VP of Operations

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