30 Oct

October 2020 Massachusetts HR Legal Updates

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Paid Family Medical Leave Upcoming Effective Date

What happened?
Beginning January 1, 2021 employees will be able to apply for Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML). The administrative body needs employers to submit (if they have not already) their leave administrator’s contact information by October 31, 2020.

What are the details?
Employees have been paying into the PFML program for almost two years now, via payroll deductions administered by employers. Starting January 1, 2021, they will be able to start using this program. Employers should ensure that their leave administrator contact information is up to date. This information is required by October 31, 2020. The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) provided the following steps to follow for employers:

  1. Find the email from DFML with the subject line: Action Required: Submit Your Leave Administrator Contact Information.
  2. If you can’t find the email, you may want to check with the person in your company that submits taxes to the MA Department of Revenue, as it was sent to them.
  3. Visit https://www.mass.gov/forms/leave-administrator-contact-information by October 31, 2020, and enter the employer-specific verification code that was provided in the email when prompted.
  4. Enter your preferred contact information for leave notifications.

What do employers need to do?
Massachusetts employers should review the steps listed above to ensure they have their correct contact information listed for the Department. More steps will be sent out by the Department once the system goes live on December 2, 2020.


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