ERIC Submits Comments on Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

March 1, 2019

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Article by Dillon Clair, Retirement and Compensation Policy Associate

Today, ERIC submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave commenting on preliminary draft regulations related to the implementation of the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Law, MGL c.175M as added by St. 2018, c.121.

Our comments focused on the following issues within the preliminary draft regulations:

  • Insufficient regulatory development timeline
  • Expanded administrative and reporting requirements
  • Reduced employer flexibility to design and operate tailored paid leave benefits
  • Extended definition of “family member” beyond that used by federal law

Click here to read our comment letter in its entirety.

The preliminary draft regulations are an opportunity for early public input and revision before the Department publishes proposed regulations on March 29, 2019. The regulations will then require a formal public hearing and another round of public comments before they can be finalized and promulgated. ERIC will continue to advocate on behalf of our member companies as these regulations move forward.

The Department will be hosting a series of listening sessions to gather public input and continue to develop the regulations.

For a breakdown of the preliminary draft regulations and their potential impact on employers, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns on this issue, please contact me.