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Policy Update on Employer Reimbursements

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January 16, 2020

 
 
 
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The Department of Family and Medical Leave is providing guidance as to what qualifies as (i) a temporary disability policy or program of an employer; or (ii) a paid family, or medical leave policy of an employer, for purposes of reimbursement under M.G.L. c. 175M, section 3(c).
 
To qualify for such reimbursements from the Department, a (i) temporary disability policy or program of an employer; or (ii) paid family, or medical leave policy of an employer, must be a policy or program that is granted to an employee for a qualifying reason under M.G.L. c. 175M, that is separate from and in addition to any sick leave, annual leave, vacation, personal leave, or paid time off that is made available to the employee.  Employers will not be eligible for reimbursement from the DFML for payments to an employee where the employee has elected to utilize sick leave, annual leave, vacation, personal leave, or paid time off.

A voluntary program where employees may donate leave time to fund a bank for the benefit of a co-worker experiencing a qualifying reason under M.G.L. c. 175M may be reimbursable under section 3(c).     In order to be eligible for any reimbursement under this section, employers will be required to produce evidence that payments to employees for a qualifying reason were consistent with this policy statement.

If you have a question regarding this policy, please email us via the Contact Us page on the DFML website. 
 
 
 
 
Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave
Charles F. Hurley Building
19 Staniford Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114
 
 
 

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