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Massachusetts: Employers must begin making wage deductions for the state’s paid family and medical leave insurance program

January 1, 2019

On June 28, 2018, Governor Baker signed House Bill 4640. This new law creates a paid family and medical insurance program. Under the program, employees may file a claim for wage replacement benefits when they take leave from employment for qualifying family and medical reasons. Employers are required to allow employees to take leave during the approved period and to grant employees certain reemployment rights. Qualifying family and medical leave reasons include:

  • to bond with the covered individual’s child during the first 12 months after the child’s birth or the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption or foster care with the covered individual
  • because of any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a family member is on active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty in the Armed Forces
  • to care for a family member who is a covered servicemember
  • the employees own serious health condition
  • to care for a family member with a serious health condition

Employees are eligible for 12 or 26 weeks of wage replacement and leave benefits depending on the type of leave taken. The family and medical leave wage replacement payments will be funded by contributions made through payroll deductions from employees. Other requirements and restrictions apply.

On January 1, 2019, employers will be required to begin making the program funding payroll deductions. On January 1, 2021, the program will begin making wage replacement payments to qualifying employees.


January 1, 2019
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