Massachusetts Issues Proposed Amendments to Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations

2020-05-19T13:07:44+00:00 May 19th, 2020|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, COVID-19, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The latest update in the rollout of paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts is proposed amendments to regulations issued under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), M.G.L. c. 175M. The Act entitles workers to up to 20 weeks of job-protected medical leave starting January 1, 2021 and up

Massachusetts Issues Guidance on Private Insurance Plans for Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits

2020-05-18T16:19:12+00:00 April 17th, 2020|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, COVID-19, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the unprecedented issues raised by COVID-19 in Massachusetts and around the world, paid family and medical leave (“PFML”) has become more important than ever. Massachusetts continues to implement its Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M, which was enacted in June, 2018. The Act entitles workers

COVID-19 Legal Update, March 26, 2020

2020-03-26T20:16:41+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Categories: COVID-19, Human Resources Compliance, Kathleen O'Toole|Tags: , , , , , |

The legal landscape, as related to COVID-19, is changing on a daily basis, and we want to keep you up to date on changes that will have an impact on your business.  Below is a quick overview of the most recently posted resources, and key updates. New Guidance Released that Changes Effective Date from

Key Takeaways For Employers From the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

2020-03-23T21:54:03+00:00 March 23rd, 2020|Categories: FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole|Tags: , , , , , |

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.  This is a sweeping legislation that has an immediate impact on millions of employees and employers.  The FFCRA is divided into eight sections (Divisions

UPDATE: Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts – Contributions Delayed; Rate Increased; Amendments Adopted; Final Regulations Issued

2019-06-26T17:06:33+00:00 June 26th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

Employers will now have extra time to comply with the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), and more clarity on how to do so, thanks to delays implemented by state leaders and regulations issued by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”). On June 13,

Massachusetts Delays Start for Contributions to Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

2019-06-12T21:36:08+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On June 11, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with state house and senate leaders, agreed to a three-month extension for employers to begin collecting contributions under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), from July 1 to October 1. A joint statement issued by Governor Baker,

Groups Request Extension of Deadline to Begin Collecting Paid Family and Medical Leave Contributions and Propose Amendments to Law

2019-06-04T19:19:49+00:00 June 4th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On May 20, nine advocacy groups submitted a letter to state leaders requesting a three-month extension of the July 1 deadline to begin collecting contributions under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), to October 1, and proposing several amendments to the Act. Currently, employers must

Deadlines Extended for Paid Family and Medical Leave Notification and Exemption Requirements

2019-05-09T14:57:29+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On May 1, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) extended two deadlines for employer obligations in complying with Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”). First, the deadline for providing written notice to employees of the rights and benefits available under the Act has been

Guidance Released on Notifying Employees of Paid Family and Medical Leave by May 31, 2019

2019-04-23T13:41:26+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On April 18, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) released guidance on the notifications that must be provided to employees under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), by May 31. The guidance lists the information that must be included in the notice, which

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