“Family Leave” Laws Spreading Across States

The PEW Charitable Trusts report that numerous states have enacted various “family leave” laws designed to expand federal requirements for worker sick and safe leave, and debates will continue in many states where such proposals are under consideration.

From the PEW article:

A federal paid family leave proposal is stalled in Congress. And though many states are exploring the idea, only three states besides New York have enacted paid leave laws: California (2002), New Jersey (2008) and Rhode Island (2013).

Still, there was a flurry of activity on the issue in multiple states during the legislative session. Minnesota, Connecticut and the District of Columbia all have family leave measures that are advancing, and legislation was introduced in a half-dozen states.

Maryland has witnessed controversial legislation to expand worker leave in recent years, with a follow-up introduction expected in the 2017 session. Last year, a version of the proposal passed the Maryland House of Delegates late in the session, but did not receive a final vote in the Senate.

MACo has cited concerns with the application to part-time and seasonal workers, while noting that the broadest effects are not directed at public sector employers, who generally have employee leave policies that offer most or all of the benefits envisioned.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties