June Update: Governor Baker and Legislators Agree to Delay Paid Leave Law

June 13, 2019

The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law has had more starts and stops than a local train. Once again, the brakes have been put on. On June 12, it was announced that to give businesses enough time to adjust and prepare for the new paid leave program, the state will postpone the start of the required contributions to the program by three months, to October 1, 2019.  The delay will not reduce total contributions paid to the new family and medical leave trust fund because the state will increase the contribution rate from .63 percent to .75 percent of wages.  

Please note that the deadline for employers to provide notice of Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave rights to employees remains June 30.

Prince Lobel will continue to monitor and report on important events with respect to the roll-out of this new law.

If you want to learn more about the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law and what you need to do to prepare for it, please contact Employment Law chair Daniel Tarlow  ( or 617.456.8013) or Laurie Rubin ( or 617.456.8020), the authors of this alert.

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