Beginning October 1, 2019, your business will most likely begin making payroll withholdings required under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law
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These contributions will be collected throughout the quarter
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and must be remitted to the Department of Family and Medical Leave by January 31, 2020.
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No matter the size of your workforce, you’ll always responsible for withholding the covered individual share
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Larger employers will also be responsible for paying the employer share
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The department has set contribution guidelines based on the size of your business
Larger employers can withhold up to 40% of the contribution for medical leave from the covered individual’s wages and must contribute the other 60% themselves
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Smaller employers are exempt from the other 60%
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All employers can withhold the entire family leave contribution from their covered individuals.
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But it’s up to you to set the withholding rates for your workforce.
An online contribution calculator is available to help you:
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Find out how many covered individuals you’re responsible for
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Determine whether you are required to pay the employer share
The computer monitor screen zooms in on a section of the webpage to highlight where to determine if you are required to pay an employer share
Estimate how much must be withheld from wages based on your workforce and payroll
The computer monitor screen zooms in on a section of the webpage to highlight where to estimate how much must be withheld.
Start getting ready today
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Clickable link to: https://calculator.digital.mass.gov/pfml/contribution?utm_source=paid-family-and-medical-leave-for-massachusetts-employers-service-page&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=q1-20-&utm_content=video-version-2