Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Paid Family and Medical Leave

Chapter 1, Rules Governing Paid Family and Medical Leave 
  • The Maine Paid Family and Medical Leave program is proposing this rule to provide definitions and procedures for implementing the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, which was adopted in 2023. This new law, codified at 26 M.R.S. §§ 850-A through 850-R, will apply to most employees and employers in the State of Maine. PFML will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave per benefit year for family, medical or safe leave, with such benefits beginning in mid-2026. Premium contributions will begin January 2025. To ensure proper implementation, this rule explains in detail the rights and responsibilities that will apply to employers, employees, self-employed individuals and tribal governments related to contributions and benefits. This rule also outlines application procedures, notice requirements and the process for employers to apply for a private plan substitution.
  • Public Hearing: Monday, June 10, 2024 at 9:00 a.m., at the Maine Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Room, 45 Commerce Dr., Augusta, ME 04330
The rules can be viewed at The public comment period will run until Friday, July 8, 2024. Feel free to submit any written comments through our rulemaking webpage, here.

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