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June 13, 2019

Rocky Rollout of Paid Leave Has Employer Bar on High Alert

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Litigation and Labor, Employment & Benefits Attorney Stephanie Merabet spoke to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on the recently extended commencement of the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law. Employers were struggling to make the original July 1, 2019, fortunately Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and lawmakers extended the start date to Oct. 1, 2019.

Ms. Merabet spoke on how the lack of final regulations from the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has been a big issue for employers that are trying to prepare for the new law.

"The draft regulations that we do have leave a lot of open questions," Ms. Merabet said. "We're all in this murky water together, trying to figure this out."

Another question that employers are trying to figure out is if their workforce is structured differently or if employees do not fill out a W-2, then how do they handle these deductions. For example, law firms with equity partners have partners fill out K-1 forms that report their shares of partnership income.

"[The partners] would need to decide on an individual basis if they would want to contribute [to the state leave fund] as a self-reporting individual," stated Ms. Merabet.

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