Previously, we provided detailed information for employers about the requirements for the new MAPFML. On June 11, 2019, the Massachusetts Governor, Senate President, and House speaker issued a joint statement confirming an agreement to adopt a 3-month delay to the start of requirement contributions under the law. On June 14, 2019, Governor Baker signed it into law.

The bill provides a 3-month delay to the July 1 start date of required contributions AND notice distribution requirement. Payroll deductions will now begin on October 1, 2019. In conjunction, employers have until September 30, 2019 to provide the required notice to their Massachusetts employees about MAPFML. Due to the three-month delay, the bill clarifies that the contribution rate will increase from 0.63% to 0.75%. The new contribution breakdown for employers with 25 or more covered workers will be as follows: 

And the following for employers with less than 25 covered employees:

A few key items also addressed:

  • The term “serious medical condition” will mirror the federal Family Medical Leave Act
  • Intermittent or reduced leave schedules will not result in a total amount of leave to which the individual is entitled to, but rather will be reduced by the amount of leave actually taken. This was assumed by most, but not laid out in writing.
  • A health care provider should be able to provide the following certification for someone taking leave:
    • A statement that the individual is unable to perform work functions
    • A statement of medical necessity
    • Expected duration of leave
  • The private plan exemption application deadline has also been extended from September 20, 2019 until December 20, 2019.

Currently, the template for a written notice to employees can be found here. The template has not yet been updated to reflect the date and cost changes incorporated into the bill, but it is anticipated that it will be updated prior to the new deadline of September 30, 2019. All benefit effective dates remain in play.

Please contact your Assurance representative with any questions.

Information contained herein is not intended to constitute tax or legal advice and should not be used for purposes of evading or avoiding otherwise applicable regulatory responsibilities as issued by the federal or state government(s) and/or taxes owed under the Internal Revenue Code. You are encouraged to seek advice from your legal or tax advisor based on your circumstances.