Last month the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) released draft regulations intended to implement the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML). The PFML is a part of the “Grand Bargain Legislation” that Governor Baker signed into law last summer.
Under the PFML, beginning on January 1, 2021, eligible workers may take paid leave as follows:
Beginning July 1, 2021, eligible employees may also take up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a member of the employee’s family with a serious health condition.
The draft regulations announced by the DFML in many respects encompass the detailed statutory scheme set forth in the PFML itself. But the regulations also illuminate how the DFML proposes to implement the wide-ranging objectives of the new law. For example:
As noted, the regulations discussed above are only drafts. The Department will convene a series of public “listening sessions” over the next several weeks in order to solicit input for the proposed final regulations, which will be published no later than March 31, 2019. After a period for public comment, the regulations will be finalized by July 1, 2019.