The Maryland Department of Labor has released an updated outline of draft regulations overseeing appeals processes for the state’s paid leave benefit. Written comments are due on October 9.
The Maryland Department of Labor’s FAMLI Division — tasked with implementing and guiding the statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) law — has released a “Draft FAMLI Appeals Regulatory Outline” for stakeholders to weigh in on. The revised outline reflects stakeholder feedback from the original discussion document guiding claims regulations.
An email from the FAMLI Division states:
Many stakeholders submitted answers in response to the questions we posed in the Appeals Discussion Document. Attached is a draft outline of possible rules regarding appeals that reflects stakeholder feedback we received. We welcome additional comments, feedback and suggestions as we further refine the text.
Written comments can be submitted via email to FAMLI.firstname.lastname@example.org by October 9. All written comments will become part of the public record.
To fulfill legal requirements under the FAMLI program, employers may choose coverage under the State Plan, under an approved commercially insured plan sold by insurers in the state, or under an approved self-insured plan. MACo and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) have collaborated to form a new co-operative offering for members seeking to streamline the administration of FAMLI benefits under an Equivalent Private Insurance Plan (EPIP).