As a self-employed individual, you may elect coverage under the state's Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. If you do so, you will be responsible for paying the full 0.63 percent contribution rate for both family and medical leave. Once you've elected coverage, you won't be eligible for benefits until you've made the required contributions for at least 2 of your last 4 completed calendar quarters.
Electing PFML coverage
In order to elect coverage, you must submit a Self-Employed Notice of Election to the Department of Family and Medical Leave. Your enrollment will begin on the date the notice is accepted, but as explained below, you will not be eligible for benefits until you have paid quarterly contributions for an initial minimum time period.
Once enrolled in the program, you'll be required to remain enrolled for a minimum period of 3 years. During this time, you'll be required to file quarterly earnings reports and submit quarterly contribution payments based on your earnings.
More information about how to enroll and how to file quarterly reports will be available prior to July 1, 2019.
Eligibility for benefits
To be eligible for PFML benefits, you must:
- Complete the election process
- Make contributions for at least 2 of the preceding 4 calendar quarters before applying for benefits
- Report earnings of at least $4,700 over the 4 most recently completed quarters before claiming benefits