Last Wednesday, the Assembly approved a paid family leave bill that would provide workers statewide with 12 weeks of paid leave in order to care for an ill relative or newborn child. During their leave, they would receive half of their weekly wage, which would be paid for by an employer-purchased family-leave insurance policy, with a small employee contribution.
The Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) is pushing for a similar program, but the family-leave policy would be paid for entirely by employee contributions.
We are very concerned about the state imposing any costly new mandates on businesses, and are keeping a close eye on this issue. We think it is unlikely that the Senate will act on the assembly proposal, but we’re not taking anything for granted.