The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees that people who work for companies with more than 50 employees can take up to 12 weeks of job protected, unpaid leave per year under certain circumstances. These instances include caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, caring for certain seriously ill family members, or recovering from one's own serious health condition.
A few states (CA, NY, NJ, RI and WA) have enacted paid parental and family leave laws that provide reimbursement for 6 to 18 weeks funded by employee payroll taxes. Beginning in 2017, San Francisco requires employers to wrap around California’s benefit and make employees whole for up to 6 weeks. Additionally, a number of states and localities have enacted laws that require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Mandating paid sick leave can raise labor costs and increase administrative burden.
National Business Group on Health’s Position on Paid Sick Leave Laws
The Business Group supports employers determining the appropriate amount of paid leave for their unique workforces. However, given the proliferation of state and local laws and Congress' inaction to provide federal uniformity, the Business Group developed tenets that employers can share with lawmakers inclined to legislate in this area geared towards reducing administrative burden and removing restrictions on innovative plan designs.
State and Local Mandated Paid Sick Leave Tool
The tool allows you to choose the applicable localities in which you have employees and produces a custom chart that includes the detailed requirements for each state/locality and identifies standard requirements across the laws/ordinances of interest to aid companies in creating standardized sick leave benefits across all relevant jurisdictions (with caveats noted).
Chart: State and Local Wage Replacement Laws for Parental and Family Leave
A regularly updated chart tracking State and local laws on paid parental and family leave.
The Parent Package Toolkit
This toolkit encourages employers to bundle and communicate a comprehensive suite of benefits for employees along their parenthood journey. It provides business case and benchmarking data to help employers make data-driven decisions.
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