New Church Payroll Requirements


August 14th Update: Our original post on May 20th included the information that churches in Massachusetts would be subject to the new  Paid Family and Medical Leave act.  With the delay announced in July the state also updated their posting information to include a list of employment that the state considers excluded from the law.  Churches and their employees are included in this partial list of excluded employment. 

Wisdom continues to stay alert for more information on how this new act will affect churches.  Stay tuned to Wisdom Over Wealth for more information as it becomes available. 

For those looking for information on the law as it applies to included employment, check out the information below.

For our friends residing in Massachusetts there are some new important payroll requirements starting July 1st, 2019.  Massachusetts has become the 6th state in the US to implement a Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Insurance. 

Employers are required to collect signatures from all Mass employees by September 30th, acknowledging that they have notified of the provisions of this new law.  Employers are also required to have their payroll systems collect and pay the employee taxes by October 1, 2019. 

Employers with 25 or more employees are also required to make an employer contribution.

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Covered Individuals are defined as all MA W-2 employees and MA 1099-mis contractors if they make up over 50% of a company’s total workforce.

Benefits become available to employees in January 2021. The max benefits will cover 12 weeks for family leave such as bonding/care for a new child and care for family member with a serious health condition, 20 weeks for personal serious health conditions and 16 weeks for caring for a covered service member. 

If you are wondering if this will impact your business, contact Wisdom for more information!  Call 617-921-9321 or email

The Updated Schedule: