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“IMPORTANT ALERT REGARDING THE MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT”

Starting Yesterday, the Mass Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) opened to employers already providing paid leave benefits to their workforce that wish to receive an exemption from collecting, remitting, and paying PFML contributions. Exemption applications can be submitted through the Department of Revenue’s MassTaxConnect.

The attached Alert was prepared for Business Benefits Incorporated by Richard A. Szczebak, Esq.  Mr. Szczebak is an accomplished attorney and consultant with a strong background in regulatory and compliance matters regarding employee benefit plans, federal health care reform (ACA) and Massachusetts health care reform.

One glaring question, that will cause most fully insured STD plans to fail, is under the Medical Leave Section.

Does your plan cover unemployed former employees who apply for benefits for family leave for up to 26 weeks after separation from employment, or until they obtain other employment, whichever is sooner?

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your BBI Account Manager.