transcript Paid Family and Medical Leave for workers

If you work in Massachusetts, you’re likely covered by the Commonwealth’s Paid Family and Medical Leave law 

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As part of this coverage, you’re subject to payroll withholdings to help fund these benefits, even if you don’t intend on using the benefits 

You’ll see these withholdings on your first paycheck on or after October 1, 2019 

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The Department of Family and Medical Leave has set limits on how much can be withheld from wages 

For every $100 you make, your employer may withhold a maximum of 38 cents to contribute to Paid Family and Medical Leave 

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Because the actual withholding rate will be determined by your employer, 

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Speak with them if you have more questions about how Paid Family and Medical Leave will affect your wages 

An employee and a manager talk in an office. The manager is sitting behind a desk and the employee is sitting on the other side. 

Benefits will be available beginning January 2021 

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Most Massachusetts workers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, 

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And up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave 

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Learn more about your Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits 

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