All Massachusetts employers (including employers with private or self-insured benefits plans) are required to post certain notices and provide certain information to their employees under the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law.
For example, all Massachusetts employers must display in a prominent place easily accessible to employees, a workplace poster that explains the benefits available under PFML law.
Employers must also provide their employees with a notice to inform the employees and covered contract workers about their rights and obligations under the PFML law. The exact notice to be used varies depending on the size of the employer.
The poster and the notices must be available in English and each language which is the primary language of 5 or more individuals in your workforce, if the translations are available from Department of Family and Medical Leave (the agency responsible for administering paid family leave benefits).
The good news is that employers do not need to reinvent the wheel. The Department prepares posters and notices which comply with the employers’ obligations. And since the Department explicitly provides that it “cannot guarantee that a form that has been modified from this original version will be compliant”, it is a good idea to just use the Department’s forms.
The new 2023 posters and notices, along with new 2023 PFML benefit rate sheets have now been published. You can find them all here.