IMMEDIATE UPDATE: Massachusetts Extends Deadlines for Paid Family Medical Leave Again!

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June 13, 2019

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Governor Baker recently signed an emergency bill changing key deadlines for the Paid Family Medical Leave law (PFML). Specifically, employers were required to start withholding employee contributions for PFML on July 1st, and submit first quarter contributions by October 31st. Now, with a three-month extension enacted, employers must begin payroll withholdings as of October 1, 2019, and contributions will be due January 31, 2020. This change was to allow businesses sufficient time to implement the PFML program.

The Massachusetts Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave (Department) also published the unofficial regulations that will go live on the Secretary of State’s Office by July 1st. To account for the three-month delay in withholdings, the contribution rate has been increased from 0.63% to 0.75% of all wages or other qualifying earnings or payments. The regulations also provide greater insight on how PFML will be administered.

The Department’s website also states that employers must notify their workforce about the state’s PFML program by providing written notice of benefits and protections, and displaying a poster. The new poster is available here. The private plan exemption deadline has also been extended to December 20, 2019. Employees are still able to apply for benefits under the PFML beginning January 1, 2021.

Action Items

  1. Review the emergency bill here and the regulations here.
  2. Revise compliance timeline with new deadlines.
  3. Display updated poster.
  4. Continue to prepare for notice, withholding, and contribution requirements.
  5. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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