Benefits Bulletin
July 2018
Massachusetts Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave and more in Bill H.4640
On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill H.4640 into law. The bill enacts the following:

  • Paid family and medical leave for covered individuals beginning January 1, 2021. The required contributions to the Family and Employment Security Trust Fund must be collected by employers beginning July 1, 2019.

  • Minimum wage increases beginning January 1, 2019 through January 1, 2023. Over the course of five years, the state minimum wage will increase from $11 to $15 and the tipped employee hourly wage will increase from $3.75 to $6.75.

  • Elimination of premium pay for work performed on Sundays and holidays effective January 1, 2023.

This article highlights the piece of the bill that establishes a mandatory statewide paid family and medical leave program, which will be administered by a new Department of Family and Medical Leave. The leave program will be financed through employer and employee contributions. 
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Protect your pet, protect yourself
Pets bring us joy and unconditional love. But sometimes they can bring us illness. Infectious diseases can be passed between animals and humans. These diseases are known as Zoonoses. Zoonoses can be spread through direct contact, sometimes through insects, and sometimes via the animal's environment.

Let's face it. Animals do some gross things. Dogs drink from filthy puddles. Cats kill birds and chipmunks. And sometimes, our pets even—gasp!—bite and scratch. All of these things and more can cause the spread of infections and diseases between animals and humans.
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