- Associated Press - Friday, June 14, 2019

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill delaying by three months the start of a payroll tax on businesses to pay for the state’s new paid family and medical leave program.

The contributions by employers were scheduled to begin on July 1, but business leaders asked for a delay.

The delay is not expected to postpone the scheduled start of the paid leave program itself in 2021.

Under the law, workers would be allowed to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a family member and 20 weeks for their own medical needs.

Baker signed off Thursday on the three-month payroll tax delay after he and legislative leaders said it would give businesses more time to adjust and allow for some unspecified adjustments to the law.

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