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Attorney Tim Murphy from Skoler Abbott to Present on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Tim Murphy

Attorney Tim Murphy of Skoler Abbott will explain what employers need to know, what they need to do and what has changed about the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act at a Pastries and Policy event, Thursday, September 19, from 8-9:30 a.m. at Wyckoff Country Club, 233 Easthampton Road, Holyoke. The program is presented by the Springfield Regional Chamber in partnership with the Greater Easthampton and Greater Holyoke chambers.

In June of 2018, the Baker-Polito Administration signed into law the creation of a Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program designed to provide employees with the ability to take job-protected leave for a variety of medical and/or personal issues. The program will be funded through a payroll tax borne by employers and employees and administered by the recently-established Department of Family and Medical Leave.

In June of this year, the Administration and the Legislature approved a three-month delay to the start of the employee and employer contributions as well as to the workforce notification deadline and the deadline to file for an exemption from the program.

Employers Must Be Prepared for October 1 Start

All required notifications to covered workers must be completed by September 30, 2019 and contributions will begin to be collected on October 1, 2019.

The presentation on September 19 will cover what PFML is, how much employers and employees have to pay, who is covered, who can “opt out,” and what employers have to do before the October 1 deadline.

The Pastries & Policy series provides attendees the opportunity to hear directly from policy experts on a variety of timely and topical issues.

Registration is $20. Reservations may be made here.