Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a federal law that provides unpaid, job-protected leave for eligible employees working for covered employers. FMLA provides leave for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period (26 weeks for a covered service member) and may be taken for the birth and care of a child, placement of a child in adoption or foster care, or for a serious health condition of the employee (or service member) or their immediate family member.
 

State Considerations

Several states, including California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, have enacted laws providing for paid leave for family or medical needs. These programs are typically funded through payroll taxes. States have been able to set specific eligibility requirements for employees and specify which employers are covered. Further, states that have enacted such laws are able to set limits on the amount of pay the employee receives, the length of the leave, and qualifying reasons for such leave. The trend has continued, and more states will see similar laws debated in the upcoming years.

 

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