Beginning in June 2019 Employers in Massachusetts will have a new obligation under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical leave (MPFML) provisions. The MPFML requires employers of ONE or more employees in Massachusetts to post a Department issued Notice outlining workers entitlements and protections under the law. Further written notice MUST be provided to all employees by June 1,2019 and to new employees ,after that date, within 30 days of employment. Any employer who fails to comply with the notice provision will be subject to fines.The benefits will be funded thru a 0.63%of earnings up to the $132k social security limit (employers less than 25 employees are exempt from the contribution but must collect and send the employee contributions and must comply with all other aspects of the MPFML) .Leave is granted for up to 26 weeks paid leave in a benefit year as follows: Family leave not to exceed 12 weeks,.Medical leave not to exceed 20 weeks and both combined not to exceed 26 weeks. Some key differences between the existing Federal FMLA and the MPFML are :compensation is given under the MPFML and not under the FMLA. As an employer under the FMLA you must comply if you have 50 or more employees within 75 miles of the worksite.Under the MPFML your obligation sets in if you employ ONE (1)employee in Massachusetts .Another difference is that under the FMLA “key employees ” are not covered while they are covered under the MPTFL..Employers should consider updating their employees handbooks setting forths these new MPFML rights ……for further information please contact Koppekin Consulting Inc .
Stephen Koppekin is the founder and CEO of Koppekin Consulting, Inc. An experienced former executive who spent decades overseeing industrial relations and workplace safety for major businesses in the entertainment industry, Stephen started his own independent consulting business shortly after retiring. He uses 43 years of experience in labor and employment, during which time he worked at two major entertainment corporations and in government agency National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to support a diverse client set.