New Deadlines Announced for Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

By William F. Miller  , & Patrick J. McBurney June 10, 2019Business

In 2018, Massachusetts passed a new law that provides workers with paid family and medical leave (the “PFML Law”). With limited exceptions, it applies to most Massachusetts employers, large and small, and includes both W-2 employees and some independent contractors who receive Form 1099MISC.

Earlier this month the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) announced changes to two fast-approaching deadlines under the PFML Law. First, the deadline for employers to provide written notice, including email notice, to their employees was extended from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019. The Department has posted sample forms of notice on its website.

Also, employers that maintain a private plan with comparable or better benefits for its employees may apply for an exemption from the PFML Law. Private plan exemptions must be approved in the calendar quarter prior to the quarter in which they become effective. The deadline for requesting an exemption for the first quarter of 2019 has now been extended to September 20, 2019. However, it is important to note that this extension of the exemption application deadline only affects contributions required under the PFML Law if the exemption is approved. If the application is not approved, the employer will be required to remit all required contributions retroactive to July 1, 2019. For more information on this issue or other business matters, please contact PLDO Partner William F. Miller or Attorney Joshua J. Butera at 401-824-5100 or email and



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William F. Miller is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC and a member of the Corporate & Business Law Team. He is a highly skilled attorney with more than 30 years of experience who focuses his practice on corporate and business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, angel, venture capital and private equity financing, commercial contract matters, intellectual property protection and licensing, and entity and investment fund formation. Mr. Miller frequently advises early stage technology companies, manufacturers, service and distribution companies as well as investors in such companies. He also has significant experience in representing wind turbine manufacturers, suppliers and commercial end-users in connection with wind turbine acquisition, maintenance and warranty agreements. With more than $3 billion of transactional experience, Mr. Miller has represented a wide range of local, national and international clients, including media, private equity and financial services, retail, professional sports teams, non-profit institutions and consulting and management firms, among others.

Mr. Miller earned his J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School, his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law and he holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Brown University. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. Mr. Miller has been recognized on multiple occasions as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions.

To contact Attorney Miller, please call 401-824-5100 or email
Patrick J. McBurney is an Associate with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and a member of the Corporate & Business and Litigation Teams. He is an accomplished zoning and land use lawyer and litigator with significant experience helping clients navigate through the complex areas of federal, state and municipal policies and regulations regarding permitting, variance approvals and other zoning-related compliance matters such as special permitting applications, land acquisition and public project development. His successful litigation practice includes representing clients from pre-trial investigation and discovery to preparing motions and pleadings through trial, settlement and the appeal process. Attorney McBurney’s practice also includes administrative and contract law including resolving breach of contract claims and mechanic lien disputes. He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including the construction industry, and routinely represents clients before state courts and agencies as well as municipal boards and authorities. Attorney McBurney earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and was Associate Managing Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He is a recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and for the Honorable Associate Justice Michael Silverstein of the Rhode Island Superior Court. He graduated with a B.A. in Government from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, magna cum laude. He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. To contact Attorney McBurney, call 401-824-5100 or email

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