The Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program was enacted to provide partial wage replacement to employees on leave for specified family and medical reasons. It is funded through premiums paid by employers and employees. The Employment Security Department (Department) administers the program.
Employees are eligible for benefits under the PFML program after working at least 820 hours in a qualifying period.
A "family member" under the PFML program means a child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, sibling, or spouse.
An employee returning from PFML leave is entitled to be restored to a same or equivalent job when the following applies:
An employer must maintain the existing health benefits of an employee during PFML leave when otherwise required by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The FMLA provides eligible employees with unpaid leave, and generally requires maintenance of health benefits during leave. The FMLA applies to employees meeting work duration requirements for public employers or for private employers with 50 or more employees.
The eligibility threshold for benefits is modified from a minimum of 820 hours worked to a minimum of $1,000 earned.
The definition of "family member" is expanded to include anyone related by blood or affinity whose close association is the equivalent of a family member.
The applicability of the job protection provisions is expanded by removing the employer size and the employee hours worked thresholds, and by revising the employment length threshold from 12 months to 90 days.
An employer must maintain existing health benefits during PFML leave for any employee covered by the PFML job protection provisions.