Filing an appeal
The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) usually makes a decision within 14 days of receiving your completed application. Once you receive your notice of the determination from DFML, you have 10 calendar days to submit an appeal. This notice includes instructions on how to file an appeal. If you miss the deadline, you may still ask for an appeal, but you must provide a reason for missing the deadline.
Reviewing the appeal
After you file your appeal, we will review your case within 30 days. Be on the lookout for a phone call or mail from a DFML Appeals Representative. If possible, we will resolve any issues this way, including providing instructions for updating your case.
Your appeal hearing
If we can’t resolve the problem by contacting you, we will schedule a virtual hearing. We will notify you about your hearing’s date and time no less than 10 days before your hearing date. The notice will also have instructions for how to prepare. Typically, hearings are scheduled 2 to 4 weeks after your appeal notification.
We will send you a confirmation email (from email@example.com) ahead of time. This confirmation email will include a link to join your hearing. Alternatively, you can also visit https://paidleaveappeals.eol.state.ma.us/ and enter your hearing ID.
After your hearing
After your hearing is over, we will issue a new decision about your case within 30 days. If your case is approved, you can expect the changes to be implemented within 2-4 weeks.
If you want to further appeal your decision, you may do so by filing a complaint in your local District Court with 30 calendar days of receipt of our decision.
|Last updated:||November 2, 2021|