News Department of Family and Medical Leave Seeking Director

  • Department of Family and Medical Leave

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave is seeking a Director to manage the Commonwealth’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave Law.

This role will manage vendor relationships, develop business processes and lead stakeholder engagement.  The Director will be responsible for communicating with a variety of audiences, including citizens, employers, other state agencies about the PFML program, its regulations and policies. The Director will be working on an expedited timeline to build a team, assess new and existing technologies to create efficient and streamlined operations, and design/implement strategic business plans to achieve departmental goals. The Director will be responsible for overall department administration, finance, and operations.

On June 28, 2018 Governor Baker signed H. 4640 An Act relative to minimum wage, paid family medical leave and the sales tax holiday. This legislation establishes a new department to administer the paid family and medical leave program which will provide income replacement for Massachusetts workers who take leave from work to care for family members, bond with newborn or adopted children, or to attend to their own serious medical condition. The program will be available to every worker in Massachusetts and will affect every employer in the state.

The new law requires the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) to establish a new state department to administer the program. The Director of the Department of Family and Medical Leave will report directly to the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. The Department will be staffed and fully operational by July 1, 2019. On this date, the department will begin collecting funds through payroll deductions and payment of benefits to eligible employees will begin on January 1, 2021. 

Find out more information about the Director position and how you can apply.

Department of Family and Medical Leave 

The Department of Family and Medical Leave oversees the Commonwealth’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. This program provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who are welcoming a new child into their family, are struck by a serious illness or injury, need to take care of an ill or ailing relative, and for certain military considerations.