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The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) recently issued revised Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (MA PFML) regulations for 2023.
These revised 2023 MA PFML regulations contain a new clarification regarding the health benefits maintenance provision, requiring employers to maintain health benefits during their employees’ MA PFML period. While this provision has been in place since MA PFML was fully implemented in 2021, this new clarification includes the language of “otherwise maintain,” which the Department states “shall be interpreted broadly to encompass any method of benefit maintenance or approximation of benefits that permits an employee taking family or medical leave to maintain access to health coverage for the duration of the leave on the same or equivalent terms, including the employee’s costs for such coverage, such as premium contributions, co-pays, and deductibles.”
The Department provides two key examples clarifying employer options to maintain health benefits for employees during their MA PFML period, outlined below:
The revised 2023 regulations also clarify the following two significant points for employers:
Click here for a previous Risk Strategies article outlining MA PFML updates for 2023 and a brief MA PFML refresher.
Employers with employees in Massachusetts are advised to take note of these revised 2023 MA PFML regulations clarifying employers' options in maintaining health benefits for employees during their MA PFML period.
Risk Strategies is committed to keeping employers informed and up-to-date. Reach out to your Risk Strategies representative with further questions or contact us directly at email@example.com.
 Two other examples are also provided by the Department in connection with collective bargaining agreements and multi-employer plans.