Paid family leave becoming law in blue states even if Biden can't deliver it nationwide
Added 12-03-21 05:03:01pm EST - “Democratic-run states have increasingly adopted paid family leave laws and more are poised to guarantee the benefit for workers if, as expected, it isn't included in President Biden's massive social welfare bill.” - Washingtontimes.com
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Democratic-run states have increasingly adopted paid family leave laws and more are poised to guarantee the benefit for workers if, as expected, it isn’t included in President Biden’s massive social welfare bill.
A decade ago, paid family leave barely registered in political debate in America. But it has quickly become a top priority for the Democratic Party, though Congress is struggling in its first major push to create a federally subsidized universal benefit of as much as 12 weeks of paid time off to care for newborns, sick relatives or personal health issues.
Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, California, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington are among the states with paid family leave laws on the books.
Most of these state programs are funded by government-mandated payroll taxes paid by employees and employers.
“The U.S. is the only industrialized country to not guarantee some form of paid family leave for workers, and I think that is long overdue,” said Maryland state Sen. Antonio Hayes, a Baltimore Democrat who is sponsoring a paid family leave bill in the upcoming legislative session.
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