New Medical and Family Leave Programs for 2021

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Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act takes effect. MAPFML is a new Massachusetts law that provides paid family and medical leave benefits to eligible workers in Massachusetts. Under MAPFML, eligible employees can take leave to:

Additionally, beginning July 1, 2021, MAPFML will also allow employee to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Under MAPFML, the definition of "family member" is expanded to include not only a spouse, parent or child, but also a domestic partner, a parent of a spouse or domestic partner, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings.

Brandeis has assessed these new regulations and worked hard to develop a set of redesigned, comprehensive and consistent paid family and medical leave benefits that best support employees and their families. Our primary goal is always to put the health and well-being of you and your family first. We know taking a leave of absence can be stressful and confusing, and we have done our best to simplify the process while giving you expanded leave options that support work-life balance.

To facilitate these changes, we have extended our partnership with The Standard, our current long-term disability administrator, who will now also oversee these new leave programs to ensure a consistent application of the policy across all leave programs.

The Standard's private plans will ensure you receive the best possible leave benefits — which are above and beyond the state's requirements — while providing an easier, integrated and more streamlined application process.