What is the Maximum PFML Benefit in MA?
In 2023, the maximum PFML benefit in Massachusetts is $1,129.82 per week.
To be eligible for PFML benefits in Massachusetts, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have earned at least $6,000 in wages in Massachusetts in the four completed calendar quarters prior to the date of your leave.
- You must have paid PFML contributions for at least two of the last four completed calendar quarters.
- You must be employed by a Massachusetts employer or be a self-employed individual who has opted into the PFML program.
- You must have a qualifying reason for leave.
Qualifying reasons for PFML leave include:
- To care for your own serious health condition.
- To care for a newborn child or newly adopted child.
- To care for a family member with a serious health condition.
- To take time off for military deployment or to care for a family member who is deployed.
You can take up to 26 weeks of combined family and medical leave per benefit year. Your benefit amount will be based on your average weekly wages over the four completed calendar quarters prior to the date of your leave. You can receive up to 80% of your average weekly wages, up to the maximum benefit amount.
If you are self-employed, you can opt into the PFML program by paying a quarterly contribution. The contribution rate for self-employed individuals is 1.075% of your net self-employment income.
To apply for PFML benefits, you must create an account on the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) website. You can then submit a claim online or by phone.
Once you have submitted your claim, the DUA will review it to determine if you are eligible for benefits. If you are approved, you will begin receiving benefits within two weeks of your start date.