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Time Extension Granted for PFML Private Plan Exemption


On August 12, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) published new guidance relating to an extension for PFML private plan exemptions. According to the guidance, for employers that currently have an exemption from remitting contributions to the Family and Employment Security Trust Fund for the period beginning October 1, 2019, and ending September 30, 2020, DFML is extending the private plan exemption until December 31, 2020. The guidance also states that renewal applications will not be accepted before November 30, 2020. On November 30, 2020, the renewal application period will open for employers with fully insured private plans. Employers must renew their PFML exemption in MassTaxConnect by providing DFML with the policy form number via an Insurance Declaration Document signed by the carrier on or before December 31, 2020. This number will be located on the PFML policy forms that will be provided to the employer by their PFML insurance carrier. Lastly, employers that intend to renew and switch to a self-insured plan may do so beginning on October 1, 2020, by logging on to the employer’s PFML account in MassTaxConnect to complete the renewal application.

Massachusetts employers interested in the exemptions should review the new guidance and work with their carriers in renewing their applications.

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