Compliance Alert: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave


Disregard if you do not have employees in Massachusetts



On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill H.4640 into law. The bill establishes a mandatory statewide paid family and medical leave program, which will be administered by the new Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML). The leave program will be financed through employer and employee contributions.

Beginning in 2021, eligible employees may take protected paid leave for certain family and medical reasons. Effective July 1, 2019, employers must:

  • Comply with a new workplace poster requirement and new hire notice
  • Begin remitting contributions for the paid family and medical leave program


Action Steps

Employers should keep track of developments related to the new paid family and medical leave program. The DFML has published model workplace posters and employee notices.



  • Paid family and medical leave claims will be administered by the state.
  • Paid family and medical leave will run concurrently with other employee leave entitlements.
  • Employers and employees will be responsible for making contributions to fund the paid family and medical leave program.


Important Dates

  • July 1, 2019 | Employers must comply with workplace posting and new hire notice requirements. Employers must also begin remitting contributions to the trust.
  • January 1, 2021 | Workers may begin receiving paid leave benefits.


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