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Renewing your private plan exemption

Employers with an approved exemption from making Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) contributions must renew their exemption by the exemption expiration date. In most circumstances the exemption period is for four quarters.

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General information about renewing your private plan exemption

An employer with an approved exemption from making paid leave contributions must renew their exemption by the exemption expiration date. In most circumstances the exemption period is for four quarters.

An employer who fails to renew their paid leave exemption will be responsible for paid leave contributions retroactive to the effective date of their exemption. In the event that an employer fails to remit the amount of contributions owed, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) will pursue the collection of retroactive contributions as well as any other collections actions allowable under MGL c. 175M and MGL c. 62C. 

How to renew your private plan exemption

To apply for an exemption renewal you must submit an exemption application electronically through your MassTaxConnect ccount. You will be required to complete a new PFML exemption application. You may begin this process during the quarter prior to the expiration of your exemption. (i.e. If your exemption expiration date is September 30, you can begin the renewal process starting July 1).  

When renewing your private plan, the Department will require specific documents. If you are renewing your exemption with a purchased private, please see Requirements for Purchased Private Plans. If you are renewing your exemption with a self-insured plan, please see Requirements for Self-Insured Private Plans

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If you do not plan to renew your private plan exemption

If an employer does not intend to renew their exemption, they must notify the covered individuals and the Department no later than 30 calendar days prior to the exemption expiration date. 

You may notify the Department by contact the PFML Contact Center at (617) 466-3950 or you may send an e-message via your MassTaxConnect account explaining you do not intend to renewal your PFML exemption.  

Contact

Phone

For questions about benefits and eligibility: (833) 344-7365

Department of Family and Medical Leave - Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

For questions about contributions and exemptions: (617) 466-3950

Department of Revenue - Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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