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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?

December

  • December 31, 2019 - Washington is replacing their Family Leave Act (FLA) program with the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Learn more here.
  • December 11, 2019 - Federal lawmakers have reached a deal to create a paid parental leave program for federal employees. Find out the specifics here.
  • December 3, 2019 - The Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave (DFML) DFML and the Division of Insurance (DOI) are developing a standard policy template that will be used by insurance carriers to develop acceptable PFML policies for the market. Details inside.
  • December 1, 2019 – Exciting updates in Colorado, where the Family Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Task force has submitting initial recommendation on a family and medical leave program. Updates can be found here. 
  • December, 2019 - The Employment Development Department (EDD) has issued the General Release Letter for 2020, which provides the 2020 Disability Insurance (DI) Contribution Rate and Assessment Rate. See the rates here. 
  • December 2019 - The Employment Security Department (ESD) is finalizing details for the launch of the Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits program. The details can be found here. 
November
  • November 22, 2019 - A state district judge has ruled that the City of San Antonio’s (Texas) Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance will not go into effect on December 1, pending a full trial on its merits. Learn more here

  • November 22, 2019 – Rhode Island increased it’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) employee contribution rate. Review the increase here

  • November 14, 2019 – New Jersey will increase its FLI rates effective January 1, 2020. Review the rates here.

  • November 13, 2019 - Pursuant to a law passed in 2018, Hawaii’s legislative reference bureau submitted a paid family leave (PFL) report to the legislature. Among other key issues, the report considered the impacts of adopting PFL programs in Hawaii based on similar programs in other states. More information can be found here.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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