Department of Family and Medical Leave - News
October 29, 2019

Previously, the Department of Family and Medical Leave issued guidance on certain excluded employers, including municipalities and political subdivisions. The Department has subsequently reviewed this guidance with the objective of providing greater clarification to regional authorities and charter schools. The clarification below merely provides greater detail and continues to be consistent with the previous guidance. 

Municipalities, districts, political subdivisions, and other agencies are excluded from PFML law unless they choose to opt-in by vote in their legislative or governing body, such as a city council or town meeting. City and town departments, such as school departments or  departments of public works, are considered part of the municipality they serve. If your department, district, political subdivision, or organization is separate from the municipality it serves, it will have a different tax identification number.  

Housing authorities, regional school districts, and regional planning commissions are excluded from PFML law, but may choose to opt-in through a vote of their board members or governing committees, in accordance with Section 10 of M.G.L. 175M.  

Charter schools are not considered a part of a municipality and are not excluded from PFML law, except for Horace Mann Charter School. Horace Mann Charter School employees are considered municipality employees for the purposes of collective bargaining and are subject to municipality decision. 

The DFML will individually evaluate requests to provide further guidance to any municipality, district, political subdivision, or authority that is not covered by the guidance above.

If you have questions regarding municipal entities, please use this link to contact the Department via email.  You can also contact the Customer Care Department of the Department of Revenue for additional information.  This information regarding municipalities can also be found on our website.  

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Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave
One Ashburton Place – Floor 21 
Boston, MA 02108

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