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June 20, 2019

HR News Alerts

Employers must begin collecting contributions on Oct. 1, 2019.

Massachusetts has officially delayed by 3 months the implementation of the states paid family and medical leave law. Under the new law, employers must begin withholding contributions from employee earnings to fund this employee benefit on Oct. 1, 2019, instead of July 1, 2019.

Similarly, employers will need to transfer these deductions to the state by Jan. 31, 2020 instead of Oct. 2019. To compensate for the 3-month delay, the state has also raised the contribution tax from 0.63% to 0.75% of an employee’s first $132,900 in wages.

Employer notification requirements have also been extended from June 30, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019.

Finally, employers that offer paid leave benefits that equal or exceed those required by state law now have until Dec. 20, 2019 to apply for an exemption.

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