2014 Employee Leave Legislation

12/12/2014

Employment Leave Legislation - 2014 Year End Summary

Legislatures in 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico considered bills related to employee leave. Introduced legislative bills included paid sick leave, expansion of family leave, use of leave for children’s school activities, leave for victims of domestic violence and leave for emergency responders or disaster workers.

Fourteen states and D.C. passed a total of 22 measures. Of note, California became the second state to enact a paid sick leave law, with the passage of the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act (A.B. 1522). Massachusetts voters approved a paid sick leave law with the approval of the Employee Earned Sick Time ballot measure. Connecticut was the first state to enact a paid sick leave law.

ALASKA

AK H 227 Sponsor: Tarr (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Relates to the payment of sick leave by certain employers. Status: To House Committee on Finance.

AK S 126 Sponsor: Wielechowski (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Relates to the payment of sick leave by certain employers. Status: To Senate Committee on Finance.

ARIZONA

AZ H 2585 Sponsor: Larkin (D)
Title: Paid Sick and Safe Time
Summary: Relates to paid sick and safe time. Status: Additionally referred to House Committee on Rules.

CALIFORNIA

CA A 1522 Sponsor: Gonzalez (D)
Title: Employment: Paid Sick Days
Summary: Authorizes an employer to limit an employee's use of paid sick days. Prohibits an employer from discriminating or retaliating against an employee who requests paid sick days. Status: Signed by Governor. 09/10/2014 Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 317

CA A 1562 Sponsor: Gomez (D)
Title: Employment: Leave
Summary: Amends the Moore-Brown-Roberti Family Rights Act which authorizes unpaid leave for child bonding with a new birth, adoption or foster care, to care for a family member. Status: In Senate Committee on Appropriations: Held in committee.

CA A 2030 Sponsor: Campos (D)
Title: Employee Time Off
Summary: Prohibits an employer who employs 25 or more employees working at the same location from discharging or discriminating against an employee taking time off, within defined limitations, without loss of pay. Prohibits an employee from being required to use existing vacation, personal leave, or compensatory time off for those purposes, unless otherwise provided by a collective bargaining agreement entered into, or from being required to use time off without pay for those purposes. Status: In Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment: Not heard.

CA S 358 Sponsor: Corbett (D)
Title: Military Leave: Domestic Partner
Summary: Includes the domestic partner of a qualified member of the Armed Forces or state militia within the definition of a qualified employee for purposes of obtaining unpaid leave under these provisions. Status: In Senate. Returned to Secretary of Senate pursuant to Joint Rule 56.

COLORADO

CO S 196 Sponsor: Ulibarri (D)
Title: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
Summary: Concerns the creation of a family and medical leave insurance program. Status: From Senate Committee on Appropriations: Postponed indefinitely.

CONNECTICUT

CT H 5269 Sponsor: Joint Commerce
Title: Paid Sick Leave Benefits
Summary: Creates parity between paid sick leave benefits and other employer-provided benefits; regards service workers; clarifies that all manufacturers are exempt from the paid sick leave law; exempts any nationally chartered organization exempt from taxation; allows employers to administer paid sick leave on the same annual basis as other benefits; allows employers to determine their number of employees in the same manner as for the purposes of the state's Family and Medical Leave Act. Status: Signed by Governor. 06/06/2014 Public Act No. 14-128

CT H 5283 Sponsor: Joint Labor and Public Employees
Title: Expansion Of Family and Medical Leave
Summary: Concerns expansion of family and medical leave; allows eligible employees to take family and medical leave to care for certain extended family members that have a serious health condition. Status: To Joint Committee on Appropriations.

CT S 242 Sponsor: Joint Labor and Public Employees
Title: Sick Leave for Teacher Assistants
Summary: Concerns sick leave for teacher assistants and radiologic technologists; includes radiologic technologists in the list of the enumerated employees eligible for paid sick leave. Status: To Joint Committee on Appropriations.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

DC B 480 Sponsor: Barry (D)
Title: Earned Sick and Safe Leave
Summary: (Permanent Law) Amends the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 to expand the definition of employees protected by the Act, strengthen remedies and procedures available to employees under the act, and establish an outreach program to inform the public about the act. Status: In Congress. Passed Congressional Review Period. Assigned Law Number 89

DC B 734 Sponsor: Grosso (I)
Title: Fair Leave
Summary: Amends the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act of 1990 to provide government employees six weeks of paid leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child, or the care of a family member who has a serious medical condition. Status: To Council Committee on Government Operations.

FLORIDA

FL H 997 Sponsor: Reed (D)
Title: Military Affairs
Summary: Prohibits public employer from compelling employee who is spouse of military servicemember to work extended work hours during active duty deployment of his or her spouse; prohibits imposition of sanction or penalty upon such employee for failure or refusal to work extended work hours during period of his or her spouse's active duty deployment; requires public employer to grant request by such employee for unpaid leave for specified purposes during active duty deployment. Status: In House. Died in committee.

GEORGIA

GA H 290 Sponsor: Dempsey (R)
Title: Labor and Industrial Relations
Summary: Allows employees to use sick leave for the care of immediate family members; provides for conditions to take leave; provides that retaliatory actions are unlawful. Status: From House Committee on Human Relations and Aging: Favorably reported as substituted.

HAWAII

HI H 6 Sponsor: Takayama (D)
Title: Paid Sick and Safe Leave
Summary: Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick and safe leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill, needs medical care, or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 406 Sponsor: Belatti (D)
Title: Paid Sick and Safe Leave
Summary: (Women's Legislative Caucus Bill Package) Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick and safe leave to employees to care for themselves or a family member who is ill, needs medical care, or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 456 Sponsor: Takai (D)
Title: Family Leave
Summary: Permits an employee to use family leave time to care for a sibling; defines sibling. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 616 Sponsor: Takayama (D)
Title: Family Leave
Summary: Adds definition of sibling to the Family Leave Law; permits an employee to use family leave to care for a sibling, grandchild, or a civil union partner. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 745 Sponsor: Ohno (D)
Title: Family School Leave
Summary: Authorizes family school leave for employees so that employees may participate in their children's school activities; prohibits employers from discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee for taking family school leave. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 2137 Sponsor: Yamashita (D)
Title: Employment Discrimination
Summary: Prohibits an employer or labor organization from discriminating against an employee who uses accrued and available sick leave in accordance with a valid collective bargaining agreement or valid employment policy. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 2381 Sponsor: Morikawa (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or needs medical care. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI H 2416 Sponsor: Ing (D)
Title: Service Workers
Summary: Requires private employers to provide their service workers with paid sick leave. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 108 Sponsor: Chun Oakland (D)
Title: Paid Sick and Safe Leave
Summary: (Kupuna Caucus Bill Package) Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick and safe leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill, needs medical care, or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 393 Sponsor: Chun Oakland (D)
Title: Family Leave
Summary: (Keiki Caucus Bill Package) Adds definition of sibling to the family leave law; permits an employee to use family leave to care for a sibling, grandchild, or a civil union partner. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 534 Sponsor: Tokuda (D)
Title: Paid Sick and Safe Leave
Summary: (Women's Legislative Caucus Bill Package) Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick and safe leave to employees to care for themselves or a family member who is ill, needs medical care, or is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 546 Sponsor: Espero (D)
Title: Family Leave
Summary: (Military Appreciation Bill Package) Allows an employee with a family member in the United States Armed Forces who is on active duty or notified of a call to active duty, to use family leave for certain activities for which an employee may take military family leave under federal law. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 562 Sponsor: Tokuda (D)
Title: Family School Leave
Summary: Authorizes family school leave for employees of employers so that employees may participate in their children's school activities; prohibits employers from discharging or otherwise discriminating against an employee for taking family school leave; allows for a civil penalty in an amount equal to three times the amount of the employee's lost wages and benefits in certain circumstances. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 1233 Sponsor: Wakai (D)
Title: Employee Paid Leave
Summary: Provides that certain private employers shall allow employees to take paid leaves of absence for organ, bone marrow, or peripheral blood stem cell donation; relates to medical necessity for such donation; requires employers to restore an employee returning from leave to the same or equivalent position; provides that such absence does not constitute a break in services; provides for continuation of health care coverage; establishes a private right of action for employees seeking enforcement of provisions. Status: Signed by Governor. 06/30/2014 Act No. 2014-161

HI S 1288 Sponsor: Kidani (D)
Title: Permits Employee Leave for Sibling
Summary: Permits an employee to use family leave time to care for a sibling; defines sibling. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

HI S 2493 Sponsor: Baker (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or needs medical care. Status: Failed First Crossover Deadline - Second Year of Biennium.

ILLINOIS

IL H 8 Sponsor: Flowers (D)
Title: State Human Rights Act
Summary: Amends the Human Rights Act; defines pregnancy as pregnancy, childbirth, or conditions relates to pregnancy and childbirth; relates to unlawful employment discrimination based upon pregnancy. Status: Signed by Governor. 08/25/2014 Public Act No. 1050

IL H 105 Sponsor: Currie (D)
Title: Election Code
Summary: Creates the Minimum Wage Increase Referendum Act; requires a statewide public question asking whether the minimum wage in the state should be raised; requires election authorities to conduct absentee voting on public university campuses; extends the registration grace period; relates to nomination of candidates for school district office, publication of precinct maps, the use of leave time to serve as an election judge, verification of the identity of a voter, and various other matters. Status: Signed by Governor. 07/01/2014 Public Act No. 691

IL H 4272 Sponsor: Gabel (D)
Title: Family Care Provider Act
Summary: Creates the Family Care Provider Act; provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee during any 12-month period for one or more of these purposes: the birth or adoption of a grandchild in order for the employee to care for such grandchild; because of the placement of a grandchild with the employee for adoption or foster care; or in order for the employee to care for a grandchild if such grandchild has a serious health condition. Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules.

IL H 4420 Sponsor: Berrios (D)
Title: Earned Sick Time Act
Summary: Creates the Earned Sick Time Act; provides that all employers that employ 20 or more employees shall provide paid sick time to their employees; requires all employers to provide a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked by an employee, regardless of whether the employee is full-time or part-time, with a minimum of two days of paid sick time per calendar year. Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules.

IL H 4581 Sponsor: Fortner (R)
Title: Election Code
Summary: Amends the Election Code; provides that an employer may not require an employee to use earned vacation time or any form of paid leave time to serve as an election judge. Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Assignments.

IL H 4714 Sponsor: Hernandez (D)
Title: Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act
Summary: Creates the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act; requires employers to make specific disclosures to domestic workers regarding terms of employment; requires written contracts; establishes provisions for duration of shifts, meal breaks, sleep and rest periods, paid time off, and other matters. Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Rules.

IL S 2769 Sponsor: Althoff (R)
Title: Organ Donor Leave Act
Summary: Amends the Organ Donor Leave Act; allows the Director of Central Management Services to set, by administrative rule, the amount of compensated time that an employee may use to donate blood; provides that a participating employee who wishes to donate blood, an organ, or bone marrow shall request leave in advance; delineates the hours that may be used to make donations. Status: Signed by Governor. 07/16/2014 Public Act No. 758

IL S 2789 Sponsor: Munoz (D)
Title: Earned Sick Time Act
Summary: Creates the Earned Sick Time Act; provides that all employers that employ 20 or more employees shall provide paid sick time to their employees; requires all employers to provide a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked by an employee, regardless of whether the employee is full-time or part-time, with a minimum of two days of paid sick time per calendar year. Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Assignments.

IL S 3105 Sponsor: Collins J (D)
Title: Family Care Provider Act
Summary: Creates the Family Care Provider Act; provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee during any 12-month period in connection with one or more of the following: the birth or adoption of a grandchild, in order for the employee to care for such grandchild; the placement of a grandchild with the employee for adoption or foster care; or a serious health condition of a grandchild, in order for the employee to care for such grandchild. Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Assignments.

INDIANA

IN H 1091 Sponsor: Dvorak (D)
Title: Personal Leave for Employees
Summary: Provides that certain employees of certain employers are entitled to take 24 hours of paid leave, and 16 hours of unpaid leave, in a 12 month period. Status: To House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions.

IOWA

IA H 2156 Sponsor: Fisher (R)
Title: Department of Administrative Services
Summary: Requires the Department of Administrative Services to adopt rules relative to state human resource management providing that an employee who resigns from a position in one state agency and commences employment in a similar position with another state agency within 15 days shall be deemed to have transferred from one state agency to another state agency for purposes of transferring the employee's seniority rights, any accumulated sick leave, and accumulated vacation time, to the new place of employment. Status: In House Committee on State Government.

IA H 2256 Sponsor: Windschitl (R)
Title: Iowa Civil Rights Act
Summary: Provides certain employment protections to employees relating to pregnancy and childbirth; provides that these protections also apply to employees who are absent from work due to an adoption. Status: In House Committee on Labor.

IA H 2413 Sponsor: Kajtazovic (D)
Title: Federal Family And Medical Leave Act
Summary: Requires an employer to grant an eligible employee, who exhausts leave to which the employee is entitled pursuant to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 12 weeks of supplemental leave during any 12-month period; provides that such supplemental leave shall be subject to the same requirements, duties, terms, and conditions for leave provided in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; provides that such supplemental leave is not required to be compensated. Status: In House Committee on Labor.

IA S 2245 Sponsor: Bolkcom (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave Annually to Service Employees
Summary: Requires an employer to provide paid sick leave annually to each service employee employed by the employer; provides that the leave shall accrue at a rate of one hour of leave for each 40 hours worked by a service employee, up to a maximum of 40 hours per calendar year; provides that a service employee shall not be entitled to use more than 40 accrued hours of paid sick leave per year. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor and Business Relations.

KENTUCKY

KY H 242 Sponsor: Jenkins (D)
Title: Employment
Summary: Prohibits employers from discharging or retaliating against an employee who is a crime victim when the employee takes leave to attend court proceedings associated with the crime. Status: To Senate Committee on Economic Development, Tourism and Labor.

LOUISIANA

LA H 1128 Sponsor: Jefferson (D)
Title: Veterans Day Events
Summary: Authorizes employees of institutions of higher education who are veterans to attend Veterans' Day related events with compensation. Status: Signed by Governor. 06/18/2014 Act No. 671

MAINE

ME H 1194 Sponsor: Parry (R)
Title: Firefighter Absence from Work for Emergency Response
Summary: Prohibits an employer from discharging or disciplining for absence an employee who is a volunteer firefighter and who responds to an emergency in that capacity. LD: 1622 Status: Signed by Governor. 03/16/2014 Public Law No. 477

MARYLAND

MD H 527 Sponsor: Robinson B (D)
Title: Labor and Employment
Summary: Requires specified employers to provide employees with earned sick leave; provides for the manner in which earned sick leave is accrued and used by the employee. Status: To House Committee on Economic Matters.

MD H 968 Sponsor: Olszewski (D)
Title: Labor and Employment
Summary: Requires specified employers to provide employees with specified earned sick and safe leave; provides for the manner in which earned sick and safe leave is accrued and used by the employee and treated by the employer. Status: To House Committee on Economic Matters.

MD H 1026 Sponsor: Kelly A (D)
Title: Unpaid Parental Leave for Child Birth or Adoption
Summary: Provides employees with unpaid parental leave for the birth or adoption or foster care of a child; provides the conditions under which an employer may deny such leave; authorizes an employer to require an eligible employee to substitute or to elect to use paid vacation leave for the period of parental leave; requires employer to maintain health coverage of a group health plan and to recover the premium for such coverage; prohibits discrimination. Status: Signed by Governor. 05/05/2014 Chapter No. 334

MD S 147 Sponsor: Manno (D)
Title: State Personnel Employees
Summary: Relates to state and legislative personnel and a sick leave incentive program. Status: To Senate Committee on Finance.

MD S 737 Sponsor: Pugh (D)
Title: Unpaid Parental Leave for Birth or Adoption of a Child
Summary: Provides certain employees a certain number of workweeks of unpaid parental leave in a certain period under certain circumstances; authorizes an employer to deny unpaid parental leave to an eligible employee under certain circumstances; authorizes an employer to require an eligible employee, or an eligible employee to elect, to substitute paid leave for any part of or all of the period of parental leave. Status: Signed by Governor. 05/05/2014 Chapter No. 333

MD S 753 Sponsor: Pugh (D)
Title: Labor and Employment
Summary: Relates to the Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act. Status: To Senate Committee on Finance.

MASSACHUSETTS

MA H 79 Sponsor: Cabral (D)
Title: Paid Family Leave Program
Summary: Relates to establishing a paid family leave program. Status: From Joint Committee on Health Care Financing: Accompanied Study Order H 4234.

MA H 1739 Sponsor: Khan (D)
Title: Paid Sick Time for Personal Care Employees
Summary: Establishes earned paid sick time for certain employees rendering personal care. Status: From Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development: Accompanied by Bill S 900.

MA H 1740 Sponsor: Koczera (D)
Title: Unpaid Family and Medical Leave
Summary: Provides unpaid family and medical leave. Status: From Joint Committee on Health Care Financing: Accompanied Study Order H 4454.

MA H 3024 Sponsor: Bradley (D)
Title: Railroad Company Crew Members Counseling and Leave
Summary: Provides counseling services and medical leave for crew members of a railroad company involved in an accident resulting in loss of life or serious bodily injury. Status: To Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

MA H 3845 Sponsor: Initiative Petition of Edward J. Markey
Title: Earned Sick Time
Summary: Relates to earned sick time. Status: To Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

MA H 4037 Sponsor: House Floor
Title: Domestic Violence Victims Protection
Summary: Requires an employer to allow leave for the victim to for various related purposes; requires advance notice to the employer except in cases of imminent danger; provides the employer may require documentation from the employee justifying the absence; prohibits employer discrimination or discharge. Status: New Text of S 1897 and H 4034.

MA HD 4523 Sponsor: Andrews (D)
Title: Veterans Paid Leave to Attend Health Care Appointments
Summary: Provides veterans paid leave to attend health care appointments. Status: Filed.

MA S 900 Sponsor: Wolf D (D)
Title: Paid Sick Time
Summary: Establishes earned paid sick time for home care employees. Status: To Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

MA S 1741 Sponsor: Moore R (D)
Title: Observation of Veterans Day
Summary: Relates to the observation of Veterans Day and leaves of absence for veterans. Status: From Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs: Accompanied Study Order S 2034.

MA S 1897 Sponsor: Senate Floor
Title: Domestic Violence Victims Protection
Summary: Requires an employer to allow leave for an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or other crime, for various related purposes; requires advance notice to the employer except in cases of imminent danger; provides the employer may require documentation from the employee justifying the absence; prohibits employer discrimination or discharge;. Status: From Conference Committee: Reported by substitution of New Draft. For further action see S 2334.

MA S 2334 Sponsor: Report of Conference Committee
Title: Domestic Violence Victims Protection
Summary: Relates to domestic violence victims; addresses leave benefits, training and victim rights. Status: Signed by Governor. 08/08/2014 Chapter No. 260-2014

MA 4 2014 Initiative Petition: Ballot Question 4
Title: Employee Earned Sick Time
Summary: Entitles employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions; provides that employees who work for employers having 11 or more employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year. Status: Approved by Voters: 11/04/2014

MICHIGAN

MI S 1012 Sponsor: Ananich (D)
Title: Election Days
Summary: Provides for leave time for employees to vote on election days; provides sanctions for employer noncompliance; provides penalties for discrimination against employees who request or use the leave; excludes an independent contractor, a domestic servant employed in or about a private home, or a farm or ranch laborer. Status: To Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring, and Reinventing.

MI S 1031 Sponsor: Ananich (D)
Title: Required Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Requires employers to provide paid sick leave; specifies the conditions for accruing and using paid sick leave; prohibits retaliation against an employee from requesting, exercising, or enforcing rights granted in the act. Status: To Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring, and Reinventing.

MINNESOTA

MN H 2091 Sponsor: Freiberg (DFL)
Title: Employment
Summary: Relates to employment; provides labor standards for private and public employees; modifies the definitions of large and small employer; regulates the minimum wage; regulates state employee use of donated vacation leave. Status: Signed by Governor. 04/14/2014 Filed with Secretary of State. Chapter No. 166

MN H 2371 Sponsor: Kahn (DFL)
Title: Employment
Summary: Provides for pregnancy and parenting leave; requires employers to grand an unpaid 12 week leave of absence to an employee who is a natural or adoptive parent in conjunction with the birth or adoption of a child, or a female employee for prenatal care or incapacity due to pregnancy or childbirth; provides employers must provide accommodations for conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth such as seating, restroom breaks, limits to heavy lifting and the transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position. Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.

MN H 2447 Sponsor: Falk (DFL)
Title: Veterans
Summary: Relates to veterans; requires employers to provide veterans time off for Veterans Day. Status: Laid on Table.

MN H 2461 Sponsor: Lesch (DFL)
Title: Earned Sick and Safe Time
Summary: Provides a covered employee shall accrue a minimum of one hour of earned sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked not to exceed 72 hours of earned sick and safe time in a calendar year. Status: Rereferred to House Committee on Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy.

MN H 2536 Sponsor: Melin (DFL)
Title: Womens Economic Security
Summary: Provides for the Women's Economic Security Act; include employment protections for women and family caregivers. Status: Signed by Governor. 05/11/2014 Filed with Secretary of State. Chapter No. 239

MN H 2990 Sponsor: Bernardy (DFL)
Title: Employees
Summary: Relates to employees; adds in-laws to the list of relatives allowed to use sick leave benefits. Status: To House Committee on Labor, Workplace and Regulates Industries.

MN S 1775 Sponsor: Hayden (DFL)
Title: State Employees
Summary: Relates to state employees; expands the use of the vacation donation to sick leave account. Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance.

MN S 1956 Sponsor: Sieben (DFL)
Title: Employment
Summary: Relates to employment; provides for pregnancy and parenting leave; requires pregnancy accommodations; prohibits retaliation against an employee for requesting or obtaining accommodation under this section. Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance.

MN S 2006 Sponsor: Wiklund (DFL)
Title: Human Rights
Summary: Relates to employment; provides that an employee may use sick leave as allowed under this section for safety leave, whether or not the employee's employer allows use of sick leave for that purpose; defines safety leave as leave for the purpose of providing or receiving assistance because of sexual assault, domestic abuse or stalking. Status: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance.

MN S 2843 Sponsor: Goodwin (DFL)
Title: Employees
Summary: Relates to employees; adds in-laws to the list of relatives allowed to use sick leave benefits. Status: To Senate Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development.

MISSISSIPPI

MS S 2272 Sponsor: Wiggins (R)
Title: Military Leave
Summary: Provides that all officers and employees of any public or private business or industry who are active members of the military shall be entitled to military leave of absence from their respective civil duties and occupations. Status: Died in committee.

MISSOURI

MO H 1623 Sponsor: Kelley (R)
Title: Accruing Compensatory Leave Time
Summary: Allows employers to offer employees the option of accruing compensatory leave time on an hour-for-hour basis in lieu of receiving overtime wages. Status: Public Hearing completed.

MO H 1717 Sponsor: Schupp (D)
Title: Domestic Violence Unpaid Leave for Employees
Summary: Creates a right to unpaid leave for employees that are affected by domestic violence. Status: Public Hearing completed.

MO H 2026 Sponsor: May (D)
Title: Family Education Leave Act
Summary: Establishes the Family Education Leave Act. Status: In House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education: Voted do pass.

MO S 712 Sponsor: Walsh (D)
Title: Domestic Violence Employee Unpaid Leave
Summary: Creates a right to unpaid leave for employees that are affected by domestic violence. Status: Amended on Senate floor.

MO S 869 Sponsor: Schmitt (R)
Title: Children
Summary: Modifies procedures relating to children; includes work leave time for foster and adoptive parents. Status: 07/09/2014 Signed by Governor.

NEBRASKA

NE L 955 Sponsor: Dubas (NP)
Title: Paid Family Medical Leave Act
Summary: Adopts the Paid Family Medical Leave Act. Status: To Legislative Committee on Business and Labor.

NEW JERSEY

NJ A 317 Sponsor: Bramnick (R)
Title: Time Off from Work for Fire Response Volunteers
Summary: Requires employers to provide time off from work for members of certain volunteer organizations to respond to fires under certain conditions. Status: To Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness.

NJ A 384 Sponsor: Tucker (D)
Title: Leaves of Absence for Vietnam Veterans
Summary: Grants certain leaves of absence for Vietnam Veterans of America conventions. Status: To Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

NJ A 430 Sponsor: Jimenez (D)
Title: School and Medical Family Leave
Summary: Provides for school and medical family leave. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NJ A 866 Sponsor: Sumter (D)
Title: Leave and Benefit Programs
Summary: Concerns eligibility for certain leave and benefit programs. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NJ A 1842 Sponsor: Lampitt (D)
Title: Compensation for Public Employees
Summary: Limits payments for unused sick leave earned after effective date by public officers or employees represented by union; limits vacation leave carry forward and requires suspension and forfeiture of certain supplemental compensation. Status: To Assembly Committee on State and Local Government.

NJ A 1992 Sponsor: Watson-Coleman (D)
Title: Parents and Guardians Leave Authorizations
Summary: Authorizes eight hours of leave for parents and guardians from work for school-related events of children. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NJ A 2354 Sponsor: Lampitt (D)
Title: Earned Sick Leave
Summary: Concerns earned sick leave; adds sexual violence as a factor in providing an employee's absence. Status: To Assembly Committee on Budget.

NJ A 2572 Sponsor: Green (D)
Title: Temporary Disability and Payments
Summary: Concerns payment of certain Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Temporary Disability Leave Benefits. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NJ A 2752 Sponsor: Tucker (D)
Title: Sons of The American Legion Members Paid Leave
Summary: Adds Sons of The American Legion to list of organizations whose representatives receive paid leaves of absence to attend State and national conventions. Status: To Assembly Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.

NJ A 2927 Sponsor: Mainor (D)
Title: State Corrections
Summary: Provides for sick leave injury program of 30 days for state corrections officer injured by inmate of state correctional facility. Status: To Assembly Committee on State and Local Government.

NJ A 3702 Sponsor: McGuckin (R)
Title: Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Prohibits local governments from requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NJ S 79 Sponsor: Stack (D)
Title: Payments for Unused Sick Leave
Summary: Eliminates payments for unused sick leave earned after effective date; limits carry forward of unused vacation leave; requires suspension and forfeiture of certain payments; limits use of unused sick leave in year before retirement. Status: To Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation.

NJ S 188 Sponsor: Whelan (D)
Title: Leave and Benefit Programs
Summary: Concerns eligibility for certain leave and benefit programs. Status: Withdrawn from further consideration.

NJ S 705 Sponsor: Turner (D)
Title: Use and Supplemental Compensation for Certain Leave
Summary: Limits use and supplemental compensation for certain leave. Status: To Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation.

NJ S 785 Sponsor: Weinberg (D)
Title: Earned Sick Leave
Summary: Concerns earned sick leave. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NJ S 877 Sponsor: Beck (R)
Title: Public Employees Sick Leave Payments
Summary: Limits payment to certain public employees for accumulated sick leave upon retirement; requires fine and reprimand or termination for violation of sick leave by public employee. Status: To Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation.

NJ S 1518 Sponsor: Codey (D)
Title: Volunteer Emergency Services Business Tax Credit
Summary: Allows business tax credit to employers giving paid leave to employees for service with volunteer emergency services organizations under corporation business tax and gross income tax. Status: To Senate Committee on Law and Public Safety.

NJ S 1519 Sponsor: Codey (D)
Title: Employer and Health Care Information Dissemination
Summary: Requires employers and health care providers to disseminate information regarding certain leave and benefits. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NJ S 1525 Sponsor: Weinberg (D)
Title: Payments of Unused Sick or Vacation Leave
Summary: Requires suspension of payment for unused sick or vacation leave payable to person indicted for criminal offense; requires forfeiture of such payment upon service deemed dishonorable or conviction for crime. Status: To Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation.

NJ S 1823 Sponsor: Turner (D)
Title: Supplemental Compensation
Summary: Clarifies for school district employees statutory provisions concerning supplemental compensation for unused sick leave and vacation carry forward requirements. Status: To Senate Committee on Education.

NEW YORK

NY A 154 Sponsor: Hevesi (D)
Title: Utilization of Sick and Personal Leave
Summary: Allows certain employees to utilize sick and personal leave when authorized to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 284 Sponsor: Kim (D)
Title: Parental Involvement Leave Act
Summary: Enacts parental involvement leave act requiring employers to grant employees up to 16 hours leave to attend school conferences or classroom activities. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 1134 Sponsor: Cahill (D)
Title: Provisions Relating To Leave for Organ Donation
Summary: Amends the Labor Law; makes the provisions relating to leave for organ or bone marrow donation granted to state employees retroactive to Aug. 29, 2001. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 1256 Sponsor: Colton (D)
Title: Elimination of Employee Position
Summary: Provides that an employee whose position is eliminated for certain reasons and who is subsequently transferred to a different agency be entitled to the same hourly salary, retain all accrued sick leave, retain, cash out or use all accrued vacation time, and be paid relocation expenses. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 1554 Sponsor: Kolb (R)
Title: Family and Medical Leave Independent Savings Account
Summary: Establishes the Family and Medical Leave Independent Savings Account Act; provides a tax credit for employee compensation deferred to such accounts. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 1793 Sponsor: Nolan (D)
Title: Workers Compensation Benefits
Summary: Provides workers' compensation benefits for injury or sickness, pregnancy or family leave; applies to an employee and to family members taking family leave to care for an employee; includes adoption; prohibits discrimination against an employee for claiming such benefits. Status: Passed Assembly. To Senate.

NY A 1848 Sponsor: Jaffee (D)
Title: Workers Compensation Benefits for Family Care
Summary: Provides workers' compensation benefits for family care; applies to employee and family member's taking family leave to care for the employee. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 2654 Sponsor: Simotas (D)
Title: New York Family Leave Act
Summary: Establishes the New York family leave act providing for leaves of absence for the birth or adoption of a child. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 3639 Sponsor: Boyland (D)
Title: New York State Family Care and Medical Leave Act
Summary: Establishes the New York state family care and medical leave act; requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide at least 12 weeks of leave in a 12 month period to employees for family care or medical leave. Status: Enacting clause stricken.

NY A 3894 Sponsor: Camara (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave To Employees
Summary: Requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 3901 Sponsor: Glick (D)
Title: Utilization of Accrued and Available Sick Leave
Summary: Allows employees to utilize accrued and available sick leave to provide care to immediate family, household members or domestic partners; defines relevant terms. Status: To Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.

NY A 4355 Sponsor: Scarborough (D)
Title: Two Days Excused Leave for Parents
Summary: Provides two days excused leave for parents for participation with child's education: two days per school year, per child. Status: To Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees.

NY A 5458 Sponsor: Galef (D)
Title: Exceptions for Excused Leave
Summary: Creates some exceptions for excused leave for certain purposes. Status: To Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees.

NY A 5524 Sponsor: Gabryszak (D)
Title: Excused Leave To Undertake Cancer Screening
Summary: Repeals certain provisions relating to excused leave to undertake breast cancer screening and prostate cancer screening. Status: Enacting clause stricken.

NY A 5943 Sponsor: Gabryszak (D)
Title: Leave of Absence Time for Volunteer Emergency Training
Summary: Requires certain employers to grant leave of absence time for volunteer emergency responder training. Status: Enacting clause stricken.

NY A 7029 Sponsor: Simotas (D)
Title: Entitlement To Unpaid Leave of Absence
Summary: Permits victims of domestic violence to take an unpaid leave of absence for ninety days from employment to address on-going domestic violence. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 8022 Sponsor: Solages (D)
Title: Make Time for Parenting Act
Summary: Amends the labor law; relates to the make time for parenting act; relates to allowing an employee to take no more than four hours on any given day to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the employee's child; provides that no leave may be taken by an employee unless the employee has exhausted all accrued vacation leave, personal leave, compensatory leave and any other leave that may be granted to the employee except sick leave and disability leave; provides a fine for violations. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 8401 Sponsor: Steck (D)
Title: Unpaid Leave of Absence
Summary: Amends the Executive Law; establishes unpaid leave of absence as a reasonable accommodation under the state's human rights law. Status: To Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations.

NY A 8976 Sponsor: Steck (D)
Title: New York Earned Benefits Act
Summary: Enacts the New York earned benefits act; relates to the provision of sick and vacation time earned by employees. Status: To Assembly Committee on Labor.

NY A 10138 Sponsor: Rules Committee
Title: Emergency Leave of Absence for Volunteers
Summary: Amends the Labor Law regarding authorized emergency leave by volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads who respond to emergencies; makes technical corrections to chapters allowing volunteers to take a leave of absence for emergencies. Status: Signed by Governor. 09/23/2014 Chapter No. 376

NY S 120 Sponsor: Peralta (D)
Title: Labor Law
Summary: Establishes the New York family leave act providing for leaves of absence for the birth or adoption of a child. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 1660 Sponsor: Grisanti (R)
Title: Absence From or Lateness To Work
Summary: Requires employers to authorize absence from or lateness to work if such absence or lateness was due to responding to an emergency as a volunteer firefighter or ambulance worker. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 1834 Sponsor: Parker (D)
Title: Parental Involvement Leave Act
Summary: Enacts the "Parental Involvement Leave Act" requiring employers to grant employees up to 16 hours leave during any school year to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the employee's child if the conference or activity cannot be scheduled during nonwork hours. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 2626 Sponsor: Parker (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave To Employees
Summary: Requires all employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 3648 Sponsor: Maziarz (R)
Title: Leave of Absence Time for Volunteer Emergency Training
Summary: Requires employers of a specified number of employees to grant leave of absence time for volunteer emergency responder training. Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Local Government.

NY S 4742 Sponsor: Addabbo (D)
Title: Workers Compensation Benefits for Injury or Sickness
Summary: Provides workers' compensation and accident and health insurance benefits for injury or sickness, pregnancy or family leave. Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 5296 Sponsor: Savino (D)
Title: Benefits for Injury, Sickness, Pregnancy or Leave
Summary: Amends the workers' compensation law and the insurance law; relates to providing six weeks of disability benefits for the birth, adoption or placement of a child. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 5681 Sponsor: Nozzolio (R)
Title: Ontario County
Summary: Relates to the right of Ontario county to opt out of certain provisions of the retirement system relating to unused sick leave. Status: To Senate Committee on Local Government.

NY S 5954 Sponsor: Parker (D)
Title: Leave of Absence for Domestic Violence Victims
Summary: Relates to the entitlement to unpaid leave of absence for victims of domestic violence. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 6213 Sponsor: Maziarz (R)
Title: Leave of Absence Time
Summary: Requires certain employers to grant leave of absence time for volunteer emergency responder training. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 6741 Sponsor: Savino (D)
Title: Family Care Leave Benefits
Summary: Establishes family care leave benefits within the disability provisions of the workers' compensation law; such benefits provide up to six Weeks of paid leave from work for the care of a family member with a serious health condition or to bond with the employee's child within the first 12 months of birth or taking custody of such child. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

NY S 7111 Sponsor: Grisanti (R)
Title: Authorized Leave for Volunteer Fire Department Members
Summary: Provides authorized leave of absence for volunteer fire department members or volunteer ambulance squad members during a declared state of emergency; provides the leave of absence may be an unpaid excused leave or charged against any other leave the which the employee is entitled; provides that an employer may request an employee to provide a notarized statement from the head of the volunteer fire department or volunteer ambulance service. Status: Signed by Governor. 09/23/2014 Chapter No. 393

NY S 7752 Sponsor: Avella (D)
Title: Utilization of Accrued and Available Sick Leave
Summary: Allows employees to utilize accrued and available sick leave to provide care to immediate family, household members or domestic partners. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor.

OHIO

OH H 647 Sponsor: Hagan R (D)
Title: Paid Leave for Quarantined Employees
Summary: Requires paid leave for an employee who is quarantined or placed in isolation; prohibits use of paid leave; requires notice to employer of the employee's status; prohibits termination of employment, discipline, suspension, constructive discharge, demotion, unfavorable reassignment, refusal to promote, or other adverse employment action against an employee. Status: To House Committee on Health and Aging.

OKLAHOMA

OK H 3429 Sponsor: Shelton (D)
Title: Labor
Summary: Relates to labor; authorizes leave of absence for certain donations for employees Status: To House Committee on Rules.

OK S 1023 Sponsor: Newberry (R)
Title: Employment
Summary: Relates to employment; provides that no political subdivision of this state shall establish a mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days or a minimum wage rate which an employer would be required to pay or grant employees; provides that any existing or future ordinances, orders or regulations in this field are null and void. Status: Signed by Governor. 04/14/2014 Chapter No. 40

PENNSYLVANIA

PA H 46 PN: 3761 Sponsor: Godshall (R)
Title: Applicability of Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Act
Summary: Amends the Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Act; repeals the expiration on provisions authorizing a tax credit for business firms which provide one or more paid leaves of absence to employees for the specific purpose of organ or bone marrow donation. Status: Signed by Governor. 10/31/2014 Act No. 2014-193

PA H 1892 PN: 3020 Sponsor: Painter (D)
Title: Women's Health and Employment Discrimination
Summary: Promotes women's health and economic security by eliminating discrimination and ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition. Status: To House Committee on Labor and Industry.

PUERTO RICO

PR H 140 Sponsor: Mendez Nunez (PNP)
Title: Protection of Working Mothers
Summary: Amends current law to clarify scope of coverage of protection offered working mothers; extends to working mothers employed under contract. Status: From House Committee on Labor and Systems of Public Service Retirement: Approval not recommended.

PR H 695 Sponsor: Matos Garcia (PPD)
Title: Disease Treatment Sick Leave
Summary: Amends the law to allow workers in Puerto Rico to use accrued sick leave to address situations of disease, treatment and convalescence for themselves, their children and elderly or disabled in their care or custody. Status: From Senate Committee on Employment Relations, Consumer Affairs and Job Creation: Rendered without amendment.

PR H 2143 Sponsor: Ortiz Lugo (PPD)
Title: Medical Benefits
Summary: Creates licensed medical leave for the purpose of extending the benefits of the Family and Medical Leave Act to the private sector, specifically those companies with 25 or more employees. Status: To House Committee on Labor and Systems of Public Service Retirement.

PR S 407 Sponsor: Fas Alzamora (PPD)
Title: Sick Leave and Minimum Wage
Summary: Prohibit private sector employers to use of sick leave as the criterion of efficiency of employees in the process of their annual assessment. Status: To House Committee on Labor and Systems of Public Service Retirement.

PR SR 669 Sponsor: Santiago Negron (NP)
Title: Department of Education Sick Leave Bank
Summary: Urges the Secretary of the Department of Education to resume the concept of sick leave bank created as a gesture of solidarity with the teachers with chronic conditions, and as a substitute for the guidance recently given that teachers shall use the excess of sick leave days. Status: Passed Senate.

RHODE ISLAND

RI H 7705 Sponsor: Abney (D)
Title: Veterans Day
Summary: Requests Rhode Island employers to provide their employees who are veterans with time off on Veterans' Day. Status: Signed by Governor. 06/23/2014 Resolution No. 2014-390

RI S 2424 Sponsor: Felag (D)
Title: Joint Resolution for Veterans Time Off
Summary: (Joint Resolution) Requests Rhode Island employers to provide for their employees who are veterans with time off on Veterans' Day. Status: Signed by Governor. 06/23/2014 Resolution No. 2014-389

SOUTH CAROLINA

SC S 906 Sponsor: Kimpson (D)
Title: Earned Paid and Sick Leave
Summary: Enacts the earned paid sick leave act; provides that employees shall accrue earned paid and unpaid sick leave; provides for the method of and limits of accrual and for the circumstances under which an employee may use earned paid or unpaid sick leave. Status: To Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

TENNESSEE

TN H 2133 Sponsor: Ragan (R)
Title: Local Education Agencies
Summary: Allows Local Education Agency employees who are not teachers, but who accrue sick leave, to participate in the Local Education Agency's teacher sick leave bank. Status: In House. Substituted on House floor by S 2311

UTAH

UT HCR 6 Sponsor: Poulson (D)
Title: Legislative Resolution
Summary: Encourages Utah employers to adopt flexible work schedules and paid parent and guardian leave to their employees in the case of an emergency, or for the purpose of attending a parent-teacher conference or school-related activity; encourages employers to adopt flexible work schedules and paid parent and guardian leave to their employees of up to one day per child for the purpose of attending school-related activities. Status: Enacting clause struck.

VERMONT

VT H 208 Sponsor: Krowinski (D)
Title: Absence From Work
Summary: Relates to absence from work for health care and safety. Status: To House Committee on Appropriations.

VT H 652 Sponsor: Krowinski (D)
Title: Employee Funded Paid Family Leave
Summary: Relates to employee-funded paid family leave. Status: To House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs.

VT S 255 Sponsor: Fox (D)
Title: Paid Absence From Work
Summary: Relates to paid absence from work for health care and safety. Status: To Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.

VIRGINIA

VA H 422 Sponsor: Davis (R)
Title: Local Government Practice
Summary: Relates to prohibiting certain local government practices that would require contractors to provide certain compensation or benefits; prohibits local governing bodies from establishing provisions that would require a wage floor of any other employee benefit or compensation, above what is otherwise required by state or federal law, to be provided by a contractor to its employees as part of a local government contract. Status: In Senate Committee: Passed by indefinitely.

VA H 833 Sponsor: Keam (D)
Title: Employee Safe Days
Summary: Relates to safe days for employees; requires private employers to allow an employee safe days, with pay, if the employee or a family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking or is a family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; requires employers to provide employees with 32 hours per year of safe day time if the employee has less than 120 months of employment with the employer, and 40 hours per year of safe day time if the employee has 120 or more months of employment. Status: In House Committee on Commerce and Labor: Left in committee.

WASHINGTON

WA H 1313 Sponsor: Jinkins (D)
Title: Employment Sick and Safe Leave Standards
Summary: Establishes minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment. Status: By Order of Resolution - Returned to House for Third Reading.

WA H 1457 Sponsor: Green (D)
Title: Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Summary: Implements family and medical leave insurance. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA H 1744 Sponsor: Moscoso (D)
Title: Work and School Absences
Summary: Excuses work and school absences for a reason of faith or conscience. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA H 1780 Sponsor: Manweller (R)
Title: Local Paid Sick and Paid Safe Leave Regulation
Summary: Declares state preemption of local paid sick and paid safe leave regulation. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA H 1781 Sponsor: Manweller (R)
Title: Local Paid Sick Leave and Paid Safe Leave Programs
Summary: Places geographic limitations on local paid sick leave and paid safe leave programs. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA H 2238 Sponsor: Tarleton (D)
Title: Paid Vacation Leave
Summary: Addresses paid vacation leave. Status: Executive session scheduled: No action taken.

WA S 5159 Sponsor: Braun (R)
Title: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act
Summary: Repeals the family and medical leave insurance act. Status: In Senate Committee on Rules: Indefinitely postponed.

WA S 5292 Sponsor: Keiser (D)
Title: Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Summary: Implements family and medical leave insurance. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA S 5356 Sponsor: Holmquist Newbry (R)
Title: Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program
Summary: Provides that health care benefits, retirement benefits, and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave benefits must continue to be provided to shared work employees under the same terms and conditions as when the employee worked usual weekly hours. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA S 5594 Sponsor: Harper (D)
Title: Standards for Sick and Safe Leave from Employment
Summary: Provides minimum requirements for sick and safe leave from employment; allows an employee to use sick leave for their own or a family member's illness, injury, or other health condition; allows the use of safe leave when there is a public health hazard at an employee's place of work or child's school, or to address domestic violence issues; prohibits retaliation against employees who ask for or use sick or safe leave; requires employers to keep records that indicate accrued and used sick and safe leave. Status: 2014 Regular Session Action: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.

WA S 5726 Sponsor: Braun (R)
Title: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Program Limitations
Summary: Places geographic limitations on local paid sick leave and paid safe leave programs; provides that paid sick leave includes leave used for an employee’s illness or injury, and care of a family member, and paid safe leave includes leave used for a school or work closure as the result of a public safety hazard or for reasons related to domestic violence. Status: In Senate Committee on Rules: Indefinitely postponed.

WA S 5728 Sponsor: Braun (R)
Title: Paid Sick and Paid Safe Leave Regulation
Summary: Prohibits enactment of local laws and ordinances that require or regulate paid sick leave or paid safe leave in excess of standards adopted by the state. Status: In Senate Committee on Rules: Indefinitely postponed.

WA S 5903 Sponsor: Braun (R)
Title: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act
Summary: Concerns the family and medical leave insurance act. Status: In Senate Committee on Rules: Indefinitely postponed.

WEST VIRGINIA

WV H 2224 Sponsor: Fleischauer (D)
Title: Paid Childbirth Leave
Summary: Provides paid childbirth leave for higher education personnel. Status: To House Committee on Education.

WISCONSIN

WI A 611 Sponsor: Kleefisch (R)
Title: Compensatory Time Off in Lieu of Overtime
Summary: Relates to the provision of compensatory time off in lieu of overtime compensation by private employers. Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.

WI A 894 Sponsor: Pope (D)
Title: Paid Family Leave
Summary: Relates to paid family leave; grants rule-making authority; makes appropriations. Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.

WI A 898 Sponsor: Mason (D)
Title: Paid Sick Leave
Summary: Relates to paid sick leave. Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.

WI S 123 Sponsor: Hansen (D)
Title: Veterans Day
Summary: Relates to a requirement that all employers in this state grant a paid leave of absence on Veterans Day to employees who are veterans. Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.

WI S 401 Sponsor: Harris (D)
Title: Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees
Summary: Relates to reasonable accommodation of any condition of an employee that is related to pregnancy or childbirth and of an employee's inability to adequately undertake the job-related responsibilities of a particular job because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition; provides that discrimination includes refusing such accommodations as necessary for the employee, and requiring a employee to take any form of leave, unless either or both are a hardship on the employer; authorizes employee transfers. Status: Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1.

Source: State Net bill tracking database, year-end search, 11-17-14.