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Employee Leave

FAMILY LEAVE LAWS

A small number of states have adopted family leave laws that augment the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Others have enacted laws that provide leave for parents to attend to their children's school activities. NCSL has compiled a summary of various state leave laws.

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PAID FAMILY LEAVE

California, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the only states which provide for paid family leave. The programs are funded through taxes on employees, which are paid to the state's disability insurance program.

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2014 LEAVE LEGISLATION

baby in carseatLegislatures in 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico considered bills related to employee leave, including paid sick leave, expansion of family leave, use of leave for children’s school activities and leave for emergency responders or disaster workers. Bills passed in 14 states and D.C.

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PAID SICK LEAVE

stethescopeThree states now have laws requiring paid sick leave benefits for some employees. Connecticut adopted the first such law in 2011. Lawmakers in California and voters in Massachusetts passed laws in 2014.

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OVERVIEW | EMPLOYEE LEAVE

EMPLOYEE LEAVE

There are various types of leave for workers, including family leave, sick leave, parental leave and vacation leave. Other less common types of leave are donor leave, to serve as a blood, organ or tissue donor; disaster leave, to serve as a volunteer for an organization that assists with emergencies or disasters; or jury duty leave. Paid leave is rarely required by law and is more commonly provided by employers as a benefit for their workers. Leave for workers is covered under a variety of state and federal laws. Leave provisions often vary for private and public employees and with limited exceptions, there are few leave requirements for private employers.

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