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Senior Partner Charlie Perkins forwards the following news:  The Massachusetts Association of Realtors is thrilled to share with you that they have received clarification from the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave that real estate services are exempt from the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law.

On June 18, the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave issued final regulations. However, the regulations were not explicit. Due to MAR’s continued advocacy efforts, we received clarification from the Department that real estate services are exempt from the PFML law. This exemption will apply regardless of whether a Realtor® is working as a W-2 employee in a brokerage or a 1099 contractor.

Please note, this exemption only applies to real estate licensees. Brokers will still be responsible for contributions for any unlicensed employees.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the MAR Legal Hotline at 1-800-370-5342.

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