Delayed from earlier in the summer, employer obligations under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) will begin in a few weeks on October 1, 2019, when covered employers are required to begin contributions to fund the program. The PFML provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who welcome a new child into their family, suffer a serious illness or injury or need to care for an ill or ailing relative and it will be administered by a new state agency, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML). Employers with 25 or more workers must pay 0.75% of eligible payroll but can split that contribution between employee payroll deductions (up to 40% of total remittance) and employer contributions with employers responsible for at least 60 percent of the contribution. Employers with fewer than 25 employees are only required to remit the required total contribution but are not responsible for remitting the employer’s share. More information about coverage, contributions, benefits and more is available on the DFML website.