Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML)

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Complying with MA PFML

While employees may not take leaves under the new MA Paid Family and Medical Leave (MA PFML) law until January 1, 2021, employers need to take steps to comply with requirements of the law now. Effective January 1, 2021, Sun Life can administer your fully insured or self-insured MA PFML plan.

May 2020 update: Sun Life has received the template policy from the Massachusetts DFML and we are working on our submission. We are on track for administering MA PFML solutions effective January 1, 2021 and will reach out to Clients when more information is available.

This site is created for our broker and employer Clients to help them comply with employer responsibilities under the new MA PFML law. Please visit often for updates as the regulations and DFML polices evolve and for more information on the Sun Life MA PFML Private Plans.

MA PFML Overview

Benefits become effective on January 1, 2021. Here is what you need to know

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Private plan administration

MAPFML Overview
Ask your benefits consultant about Sun Life. Here are the steps to submit your fully insured or self-insured private plan application.

Next steps

More tools to prepare you for MA PFML

Answers to frequently asked questions about MA PFML law and regulations.

Employer Checklist highlights your initial steps and considerations for complying with MA PFML.

Employee notification template. Use this template to notify your employees about your MA PFML plan.

Application guide. Use it to help you respond to MA PFML private plan exemption application questions.

Sun Life’s Self-Insured Private Plan Template.

Private plan exemption application questions guided by Sun Life.


This content is not to be considered legal advice. We recommend Clients speak with legal counsel specializing in labor and employment law to ensure your organization has met all of the requirements under the Massachusetts Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) Act.

When available, Sun Life’s self-funded or administrative-services-only MA PFML solution will be administered by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. This service is not insurance. When available, Sun Life’s fully-insured MA PFML coverage, will be issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.

Group insurance policies are underwritten by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, MA) in all states, except New York. In New York, group insurance policies are underwritten by Sun Life and Health Insurance Company (U.S.) (Lansing, MI). Product offerings may not be available in all states and may vary depending on state laws and regulations.

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