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Finally, The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has posted the notice required to be provided by employers and covered business entities to their current workforce of PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outlined in M.G.L. c. 175M sec. 4 on or before May 31, 2019.

First, Massachusetts employers must display The Paid Family and Medical Leave mandatory workplace poster prepared or approved by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) that explains the benefits available to your workforce under the PFML law. You must post this poster at your workplace in a location where it can be easily read. I have attached a copy of the Poster for your use.

Secondly, On or before May 31, 2019, Employers and Covered Business Entities are required to provide written notice to their current workforce of PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outlined in M.G.L. c. 175M sec. 4.

The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee or self-employed individual to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. The employer can receive these acknowledgments in paper form or electronically.

In the event an employee fails to acknowledge receipt, the Department shall consider an Employer or Covered Business entity to have fulfilled its notice obligation if it can establish that it provided to each member of its current workforce notice with the opportunity to acknowledge or decline to acknowledge receipt. The easiest way to accomplish this is to send an email “Requesting a Read Receipt”.

I have attached the sample notice provided by the Department of Family Medical Leave for your distribution.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to reach out to your BBI Account Manager or access the following link.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/informing-your-workforce-about-paid-family-and-medical-leave