The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has announced significant changes to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, effective January 1, 2024. These updates include adjustments to the contribution rate, State Average Weekly Wage, and maximum weekly benefit amount. Employees can also supplement their PFML benefits with accrued paid leave, beginning on November 1, 2023.

Contribution Rate Changes

In 2024, the contribution rate on eligible wages will increase from 0.63% in 2023 to 0.88%. Individual contributions are capped by the Social Security income limit, which is expected to rise significantly.

Employer and Employee Contributions

Employers with a minimum of 25 covered individuals in Massachusetts will share the cost of medical leave benefits as follows:

Employers will cover at least 60% of the medical leave cost (0.42%).

Employees will contribute no more than 40% of medical leave costs (0.28%).

Supplementing PFML Benefits

Legislative changes now allow employees to supplement their weekly PFML benefits with accrued paid leave under specific conditions, starting from November 1, 2023.

For More Information

For a comprehensive understanding of these changes, refer to the DFML’s FY2023 Annual Report for the PFML program. To access the full report and stay updated on the latest PFML program details, please visit the official DFML website or download the PDF directly below.

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