The New Paid Family and Medical Leave law

By Amy Pitter posted 02-08-2019 11:50


We’ve been hearing from members who have questions about the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law. For those who aren’t aware, in 2018, Massachusetts signed into law a statute that provides paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits to workers. This program provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who are welcoming a new child into their family, are struck by a serious illness or injury, need to take care of an ill or ailing relative and for certain military considerations.

Employers and employees must begin making contributions in 2019, with benefits becoming available to employees in 2021. Draft regulations were published late last month, and will be available for public comment on March 29. For more information about the new law, click here.

There are certain requirements employers and employees must meet to determine their eligibility for the program, which is raising questions among both business owners and individuals. This new law will significantly impact your business, and for members in public accounting, your clients will come to you first with their questions. Understanding PFML will not only enrich discussions with your clients, but it will also further establish your role as their trusted business advisor.

The MSCPA reached out to the MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta to help our members navigate the new law. We are collecting your PFML questions and will submit them to Secretary Acosta to answer. Please submit your questions(s) here before Monday, February 18. Secretary Acosta’s responses will be compiled into a Q&A that will be emailed to members in March and posted on the MSCPA’s website. We hope this will help you understand the law and its impact on your clients and business.