BOSTON (AP) - Beacon Hill's top political leaders say they've agreed to delay by three months a requirement that Massachusetts businesses begin contributing to the state's new paid family and medical leave program.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, issued a joint statement Tuesday explaining their commitment to pass legislation making changes to the program.

They include the three-month delay which they said will ensure businesses have adequate time to adjust. The goal is to have the new tax in place by the fall.

The program will be financed by the new payroll tax on employers.

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.

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