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Staying informed on FMLA
Paid family and medical leave has been
near the top of employee advocates'
wish lists since the passage of the
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
in 1993. It has consistently been part
of the Democratic Party's platform. In
recent years it has also begun to garner
Republican support. As a Republican
presidential candidate, Donald Trump
called for a national paid family leave
plan, and a number of high-profile
Republican members of Congress have
voiced support for paid family and
medical leave.
In 2018, Republican Senators
Marco Rubio and Bill Cassidy sought
to generate bipartisan momentum
on the issue. Senator Cassidy held
congressional hearings and Senator
Rubio proposed the Economic Security
for New Parents Act, which provided
two months of paid parental leave.
Under this proposal, new parents
could delay Social Security benefits
in exchange for two months of paid
benefits. The proposal made little
progress in Congress. Much of the
discussion focused on the potential
negative impact on the viability of
Social Security.

percentage of pay replacement and
A paid leave program enabling
the duration of leave. Despite open
new parents to balance the competing
questions, momentum is building for
demands of work and family is an
some form of federal paid family
attractive benefit. A recent poll
and medical leave.
found that 54% of Americans
think the government
Many Americans
should require employers
STATE ACTION
think government
to provide 12 weeks
States have increasingly
should require
of paid family and
stepped in to adopt
employers to provide
medical leave. Only 29%
workplace regulations
paid family leave.
disagreed. Such popular
where the federal
support and increasing
government fails to act.
political pressure from both
State-mandated minimum
sides of the aisle makes federal action
wages are one good example, which
on the issue more probable than not.
have exploded in recent years, partly
President Trump's most recent
due to the federal government inaction.
budget proposal includes a provision
States have taken the same type of
for at least six weeks of paid family
action on paid family and medical
leave to new mothers and fathers, but
leave. More than 24 states are working
makes no mention of paid leave for
on their own paid family leave policies,
their own or a family member's health
and seven have enacted legislation.
issues. In response, Democrats put
On June 25, 2019, Connecticut
forward a proposal that addresses
became the 7th state to sign into law a
both issues and would give families
paid family and medical leave benefit.
12 weeks paid leave. How such
Other states have enacted similar laws,
leave would be funded remains a
including California, Massachusetts,
thorny issue.
New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island,
In addition to concerns that use
Washington and Washington, DC. The
of Social Security could erode the
number of paid weeks of leave and
program, no consensus exists on
the benefit amount of the benefits
whether it should be
paid during the leave each state law
funded by employers
allows varies.
or a combination
No state plan has provided for full
of employee
replacement of lost wages, but it may
and employer
only be a matter of time before such a
contributions. Other
proposal becomes reality.
open issues are the
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A paid leave program enabling
new parents to balance the
competing demands of work and
family is an attractive benefit.


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