On June 11, 2019, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an agreement had been reached with the legislature to delay the required contributions to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) by three months. While this agreement will not be official until the Legislature passes and the Governor signs an emergency bill, if it passes, the bill will extend the current start date of July 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019. On that date, employers must begin collecting payroll deductions and contributions.
It is unclear whether this extension will affect other requirements, including the June 30 notice deadline. The bill will also make certain technical changes to clarify the program, but no other details were provided. There has been some speculation that the bill will include an increase in the contribution rate from 0.63% of weekly wages to 0.75% to ensure that the PFML program will receive enough contributions to be fully funded before it starts paying benefits, though that has yet to be confirmed. Updates on this law will be posted soon!