Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and state legislators agreed to delay the implementation of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program until October 1, 2019. The program, which was an integral part of the so-called Grand Bargain – a misnomer if ever there was one, was to be funded with a 0.63% payroll tax on employers beginning next month, July 1. Under the agreement, the funding mechanism will not become effective for another 3 months, but it will not change. The delay really serves to give employers more time to understand the rules of the program and inform employees of the particulars. The law also provides for an annual state Sales Tax Holiday, increases the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2023 and phases out a requirement for overtime to be paid for Sunday work. A new department in state government, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML), is responsible for collecting and managing the Paid Leave Trust Fund from which participating employees will receive a certain percentage of their regular pay (capped at $850) during eligible leave.