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Paid family leave and state disability

Paid family leave (PFL) and Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) are benefits employers can use to attract and retain top talent. Combined with statutory disability in many states, these family-friendly policies are highly valued by employees.

State-specific information

As more states implement mandatory paid family leave policies, it’s important to understand what these plans cover, how each state designs and implements its plan, and how PFL, statutory disability and other leaves interact.

Click the state below to learn more about its paid family leave program.

California Massachusetts
New Jersey  New York
Rhode Island Washington
Washington D.C.  

What's new?


  • November 13, 2019 – Hawaii delayed its deadline for a proposal for paid family leave legislation to be submitted to the legislature. Learn more here.

  • November 1, 2019 – The Family Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Task Force has submitted an initial recommendation on a family and medical leave program for employees in the state. Read the full recommendation here.

  • October 28, 2019 – California released their 2020 State Disability Insurance (SDI) contribution rate and other changes effective January 1, 2020. Review the rates here.

  • October 4, 2019 – A New Jersey law mandating the automatic processing of an application for paid family leave became effective. Review the changes in the October update.

  • October 1, 2019 – Payroll deductions begin for Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave. The initial contribution rate, as of October 1, 2019, is 0.75 percent of all wages or other qualifying earnings or payments.

  • October 1, 2019 – Massachusetts published updated surety bond requirements for employers establishing self-funded Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave coverage. Review the revised guidance in our October compliance update.

  • October 1, 2019 – Washington published its draft regulations on privacy rules and other rulemaking. The PFML rules are expected to be finalized and effective by December 30, 2019. Learn more here.

  • September 30, 2019 – As a reminder, on or before this date, employers and covered business entities in Massachusetts are required to provide written notice to their current workforce of PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outline in the PFML law. Learn more here.

  • September 16, 2019 – New Jersey released their 2020 Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) plan updates. Review the changes in our October compliance update.

  • September 3, 2019 – New York released their 2020 PFL plan updates. Review the changes in our September compliance update.

  • August 31, 2019 – For 2019 only, reporting Q1 and Q2 will be due August 31, 2019 in Washington. Reporting periods follow calendar quarters and are aligned with reporting periods for unemployment insurance. More information on the WA PFML reporting process can be found here.

  • August 9, 2019 – Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House bill 2005, enacting paid family and medical leave for the state. Read the Q2 Review Compliance Update. (PDF)

  • August 8, 2019 – District of Columbia published its draft of regulations on paid leave benefits, addressing eligibility for benefits, calculation of benefit amounts, filing for benefits, erroneous payments, and the repayment of benefits. Review our write-up here.

  • July 30, 2019 – Reminder, this is the deadline for submitting Q2 report and taxes in the District of Columbia.

  • July 2, 2019 – Oregon’s legislature passed a paid family and medical leave bill, which is headed to the Governor’s desk for her signature. Check back here for more information in the coming weeks.

  • July 2, 2019 – Hawaii delayed its deadline for a proposal for paid family leave legislation to be submitted to the legislature. It is now due on November 13, 2019, after being originally due September 1, 2019. Review our write-up here.

  • July 1, 2019 – In the District of Columbia, covered employees will be required to file wage reports and pay contributions July 1, 2019 for wages paid between April 1 through June 30, 2019. Read the Q2 Review Compliance Update. (PDF)

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