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Charter Schools Not Exempt from MA Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

AAFCPAs would like to make charter school clients aware that the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave recently issued a policy clarification related to certain excluded employers of the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law.

Municipalities, districts, political subdivisions, and other agencies are excluded from PFML law unless they choose to opt-in.

Charter schools are not considered a part of a municipality and are not excluded from PFML law, except for Horace Mann Charter School. Horace Mann Charter School employees are considered municipality employees for the purposes of collective bargaining and are subject to municipality decision.

AAFCPAs advises clients to contact their benefits broker and evaluate which option—public or private—is best for your school.

If you have any questions, please contact: John Buckley, CPA, CGMA at jbuckley@nullaafcpa.com, 774.512.4039; or your AAFCPAs Partner.

About the Author

John Buckley CPA
John has been successfully serving AAF clients for over 20 years. He has extensive experience with the audits of diverse associations, educational institutions, and other community-based agencies. John specializes in working with nonprofit organizations that are subject to federal, state, and other regulatory requirements. John is AAF’s Educational Services Division Leader, which includes services to independent schools, charter schools and Charter Management Organizations (CMOs), colleges, education services organizations, Chapter 766 schools, and other educational institutions. He has extensive experience with these types of organizations, including working with capital campaigns, financing agreements, and charter school replication.