Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) / Paid Leave

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.

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State and Local Mandated Paid Sick Leave ToolState 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: Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Webinar: Mandated Paid Sick Leave and Parental/Family Leave: What Employers Ought to Know
The Business Group's public policy team reviewed paid leave laws (including paid sick leave and parental/family leave laws) and highlighted available tools and resources for members.

Chart: State and Local Wage Replacement Laws for Parental and Family Leave 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.



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