The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law requires employers to provide notice to all employees about the state’s PFML program. This includes information about contributions, benefits, and protections. When there are changes to contribution rates, a new notice is required to be provided to current employees 30 days in advance of any rate change. For new hires, the notice must be provided within 30 days of their start date. Employers are also required to display a workplace poster that explains the benefits available to their workforce.
The PFML contribution rate is decreasing for most employers. The rate change is effective as of January 1, 2023. This means employers must provide a new PFML notice to current employees on or before December 2, 2022.
Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released its updated model notices. (The 2023 notice for workforces with 25 or more covered individuals is here and the 2023 notice for workforces with fewer than 25 covered individuals is here). Employers must roll this new notice out on or before December 2. Employers should also ensure that their payroll providers are planning to implement this change.
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