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News Update: Self Insured Exemption Renewal Notifications

Information Regarding Renewal of Your Self-Insured PFML Exemption 
8/28/2020
  • Department of Family and Medical Leave

If you currently have an exemption from remitting contributions to the Family and Employment Security Trust Fund for the period beginning October 1, 2019 and ending September 30, 2020, this exemption is due to expire on September 30, 2020. You must renew your exemption on or before this date by submitting a renewal application in MassTaxConnect. The application period is open through September 30, 2020.  

When you submitted your application, you acknowledged that if your self-insured plan is not in force on January 1, 2021, the Employer will be responsible for PFML contributions retroactive to October 1, 2019 or the effective date of your exemption or whichever is later. In the event that you fail to remit the amount of contributions owed, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) will pursue the collection of retroactive contributions using the surety bond you submitted as well as any other collections actions allowable under MGL c. 175M and MGL c. 62C. Please be sure to renew your exemption in order to avoid these actions.

To renew your exemption, please log on to your PFML account in MassTaxConnect, complete the renewal application, and attach the following documents:

If you do not intend to renew your exemption, please contact the PFML Contact Center at (617) 466-3950 or you may respond by sending an e-message via your MassTaxConnect account, please visit www.mass.gov/masstaxconnect.

Detailed information about submitting a Request for an Exemption is available at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/request-a-paid-family-and-medical-leave-exemption

To assist you in making sure that your self-insured plan meets the PFML requirements, we are providing a list of the self-insured PFML requirements that you can access by following the link below:

You may also view a copy of the PFML insurance template distributed to private insurance carriers by the Division of Insurance which provides many details regarding the drafting of PFML private plans:

Detailed information about submitting a Request for an Exemption is available here.

Calculating the Amount of Your Bond: 


Please do not send information directly to the Department of Family and Medical Leave. If you have questions related to this correspondence, you may contact the PFML Contact Center at (617) 466-3950, or you may respond by sending an e-message via MassTaxConnect during regular business hours.

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.
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