Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (MA PFML)

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The MA PFML was signed into law on June 28, 2018, with benefits becoming available to employees on January 1, 2021. All employers (with some exceptions) are required to provide MA PFML coverage to their employees.

Additional resources

MA PFML overview flyer
Frequently asked questions
How to file a claim
How to file a claim (Spanish)
MA DFML homepage
Employers guide to MA PFML
Employer exemption process
MA PFML Volume Calculator 2024

MA PFML is a statewide program that will allow eligible employees paid time off for various reasons, including:
  • Recovering from an employee's own serious health condition.
  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • Bonding with a new child (through birth, foster care or adoption).
  • Attending to a qualifying military event.
  • Caring for a family member who is an injured service member.

Covered family members include spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings.

All Massachusetts employers are required to participate. Exceptions include self-employed individuals, independent contractors and municipal employers. An employer can satisfy their obligations through the state plan or a private plan.

Equitable understands the significance of these changes to MA employers and we have a fully-insured MA PFML solution available for you.  Please contact your Equitable sales representative or regional account manager for additional information regarding our offering.  We value your business and we are committed to supporting you through these regulatory changes.
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