QUESTION:

We participate in the State of MA PFML plan and pay taxes into the Sate plan. The company has offered employees a Short Term Disability plan for years. It is a group policy provided via commercial insurance carrier. When our employee files for PFML benefit with the State can they supplement the State benefit with income from the STD plan?

ANSWER:

State PFML benefits cannot be supplemented by employee use of earned paid time off such as paid vacation or paid sick time. The State benefit will be reduced by any amount received from these benefit banks. The employee can potential supplement the State benefit with income from a STD plan but the combined income cannot exceed the employees average weekly wage. It is important that as the employer you carefully review the provisions of your STD policy with your Broker or the Carrier to be certain the policy allows for supplemental pay in coordination with the State PFML benefits.

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