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Chamber Submits Testimony on Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill

On January 30, 2018, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in opposition to H.4110, an initiative petition for the passage of An Act establishing a paid family and medical leave program. H.4110 is the legislative version of the proposed Paid Family and Medical Leave ballot question that is expected to be on the ballot this November.

The Paid Family and Medical Leave proposal would establish a new state agency to provide Massachusetts employees with up to 26 weeks of job-protected paid personal medical leave or 16 weeks of job-protected paid family leave. The proposal creates a state trust fund to pay out benefits. The trust fund would be funded through a combination of payroll deductions and employer contributions equaling 0.63% of all wages subject to Social Security payroll contributions. Employers would be responsible for no less than fifty percent of the total contribution. In our testimony, the Chamber expressed concerns with the costs of the program, the lack of an opt-out clause or waiver for employers already offering paid leave benefits, and issues with employee eligibility requirements. Read the Chamber's full testimony.