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PFML Alert: Important Deadlines Ahead For Massachusetts Employers (October 2019)

October 3rd, 2019|

Employer obligations under Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”) start this week.  Please be sure to meet the following deadlines:

September 30 – Notices: If you have not already done so, post the mandatory notice and provide written notice to your workforce.  The Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave has standard notice forms available here: 

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/06/14/20190614_DFML%20Notice_English.pdf

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/informing-your-workforce-about-paid-family-and-medical-leave#written-notice-requirements-

We can make customized notice forms tailored to your business if you

NEW MINIMUM SALARY REQUIREMENT FOR EXEMPT EMPLOYEES (September 2019)

September 27th, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) just announced a new minimum salary requirement for exempt employees.  Effective January 1, 2020, all exempt employees must be paid a minimum salary of $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year).  The current minimum of $455 per week ($23,660 per year) was set in 2004.

The new regulations also raise the minimum compensation level to qualify for the “highly compensated employee” exemption to $107,432 per

BREAKING NEWS AGAIN!! ADDITIONAL PFML DEADLINES EXTENDED (JUNE 2019)

June 14th, 2019|

As we previously informed you, a deal was reached to delay the July 1st start date for employer contributions to the new Massachusetts Paid Family Leave program for three months.

The new legislation has now been officially enacted and it does the following:

  1.   Required withholdings will begin on October 1, 2019.
  2.   The new contribution rate is 0.75 %, adjusted up from 0.63%. This is to account for the delay in collecting contributions.
  3.   The

BREAKING NEWS!!!! DELAY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE CONTRIBUTIONS (JUNE 2019)

June 12th, 2019|

Late yesterday afternoon, Governor Charlie Baker, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced that there was an agreement to delay the July 1st start date for employer contributions to the new Massachusetts Paid Family Leave program for three months.  The contributions will now begin on October 1, 2019.

The purpose of the delay, according to the joint statement, was to give businesses more time to implement the required deductions.  The bill will also

PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE: MASSACHUSETTS EXTENDS DEADLINES FOR PRIVATE PLAN EXEMPTIONS AND NOTICE TO WORKERS (MAY 2019)

May 8th, 2019|

The Department of Family and Medical Leave has extended two important deadlines for the upcoming roll-out of paid family and medical leave. 

Notice Requirements: Employers now have until June 30, 2019 to notify their employees and independent contractors of their rights and obligations under the new law.  If you have not already done so, we recommend preparing your notice as soon as possible.

Private Plan Exemption: The DFML also extended the

GET READY FOR MASSACHUSETTS PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE: A TO-DO LIST FOR EMPLOYERS (APRIL 2019)

April 23rd, 2019|

The new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave law (“PFML”) takes effect on July 1, 2019.  Although employees cannot start taking paid leave under the law until January 1, 2021, several employer obligations begin in the upcoming months.  Employers should take the following steps now to be ready for July 1:

April 29, 2019: Apply for Private Plan Exemptions

Employers who already provide paid leave benefits that meet or exceed PFML

PREPARING FOR THE MASSACHUSETTS PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PAYROLL TAX (MARCH 2019)

April 23rd, 2019|

In 2018, Massachusetts passed a new paid family and medical leave law.  Although the leave benefits are not available until 2021, the state will begin collecting a payroll tax to build a fund for the program beginning on July 1, 2019.  We have been fielding a number of questions from our clients about the payroll tax and what companies need to do now to prepare.  Although the new Department of Family and Medical

2019 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS (JANUARY 2019)

April 23rd, 2019|

In 2018, we saw a flurry of new state laws affecting employers.  Many of these changes are scheduled to take effect sometime in 2019.  We recommend that our clients take a closer look at their policies, employment agreements, and handbooks to be sure they reflect the current state of the law.  For New Year’s 2019, we recommend the following resolutions:

1. Update Non-Competes

In 2018, Massachusetts enacted sweeping non-compete reform .  The new law grandfathered

MASSACHUSETTS NON-COMPETE REFORM: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW (August 2018)

August 23rd, 2018|

Massachusetts recently enacted a non-compete reform law that will impact all non-competition agreements entered into after October 1, 2018.  Starting in October 2018, all non-competes must meet the following criteria:

  • Maximum duration of one year;
  • Reasonable geographic limitations, which should be linked to the areas where the employee worked or had influence during their last two years of employment;
  • Be in writing, signed by both the employer and the employee;
  • Explicitly state that the employee

MASSACHUSETTS ENACTS PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND $15 MINIMUM WAGE (July 2018)

July 3rd, 2018|

PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND MEDICAL LEAVE
Massachusetts just became the sixth state to enact paid family leave, adopting the most generous benefits of any state yet.  Starting on January 1, 2021, employees will be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid family leave to care for a new child or an ill family member.  Employees will also be eligible for up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave due to their own medical needs.