Massachusetts Plans To Delay Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Contributions

Massachusetts intends to delay the tax contributions under the state paid family and medical leave program by three months. As you are aware, the imminent start date for contributions was a primary concern and key issue in ERIC’s comment letter, so this delay is a key victory. 

Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that an agreement has been reached with House and Senate Democrats to seek legislation creating the delay of tax contributions, which has yet to be announced or introduced. The referenced legislation, which will need to pass both state legislative chambers before being made official, will also be aimed at further clarifying multiple areas of the program’s design and implementation for employers.

This delay has been a central focus of ERIC’s advocacy efforts in the state of Massachusetts and will be critical to ensuring that employers are given the time and information they need to prepare for, and comply with, the state’s fledgling paid family and medical leave program.

If you have any questions about the delay, or the Massachusetts paid family and medical leave program, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Article by Dillon Clair, Retirement and Compensation Policy Associate