As of June 24, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has reversed their March 29 guidance regarding the participation of religious institutions in the Paid Family & Medical Leave program. Churches will not automatically be covered employers, but will be able to opt in to the program. That process is being developed and will be ready well before October 1.
DO NOT send notifications to your employees or contractors at this time. If you have already notified your employees, we will provide an updated notification as soon as it is available, including a way for you to determine whether or not your church will choose to participate and make this benefit available to your employees.
Watch for updated resources!
The start of contribution withholding has been delayed from July 1 until October 1st.
The Rev. Karen McArthur of Congregational Finance LLC, and Dawn Hammond, Associate Conference Minister for Policy and Finance, have prepared materials to help church leaders comply with the new law. Church Treasurers, Finance Committees and Personnel Managers should carefully review the (updated) downloadable materials here.
Note that there are some questions for which we are still seeking answers. We will add to the web resources as further information becomes available.
For more information contact:
The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave, Charles F. Hurley Building, 19 Staniford St., 1st Floor, Boston
617-626-6565 ~ www.mass.gov/DFML