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January 3, 2022 | Benefits

MA Family Paid Leave Expanded


On January 1st the benefits and eligibility criteria for the Massachusetts paid family medical program has expanded. This program may allow eligible workers to take paid leave for the following qualifying reasons:  a worker’s own serious health condition; a child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement; to address a need arising out of a family member’s active duty or impending call to active duty in the armed forces; or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. You can learn more by clicking here by visit the program web site

The following information details the available paid leave benefits for members that are out of work for a COVID-19 related reason. The chart, below, indicates which steps should be completed for the most common scenarios. 

Reason For Missing Work Steps to Complete
Member tests positive Steps 1, 2 and 3
Member must care for a family member who tests positive Steps 1, 2 and 3
Member must quarantine (no positive test) Step 2 and 3 only. Complete step 1 if member later tests positive.
Member must care for a family member in quarantine (no positive test) Step 2 and 3 only. Complete step 1 if family member later tests positive.
Member is receiving a COVID vaccine and/or recovering from vaccine side effects Step 3 only
Member must care for a family member who is receiving a COVID vaccine and/or recovering from vaccine side effects Step 3 only

 

Step 1: Apply for Paid Medical Leave or Paid Family Leave from the State of Massachusetts online.  Find detailed instructions here.

 

Step 2: If available, use any accrued paid sick leave while waiting for PFMLA benefits to begin.  For employees who earn more than $850 per week, this will be a higher weekly benefit than Emergency Paid Sick Leave.  

 

Step 3: If the employee does not have any accrued sick leave, or if the accrued leave runs out before PFMLA benefits begin, apply for Emergency Paid Sick Leave.