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.


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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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Leave Legislation

Legislatures 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.


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Paid Sick Leave

Eleven states and Washington D.C. now have laws requiring paid sick leave benefits for some employees. Connecticut adopted the first such law in 2011, and Michigan became most recent state to enact a paid sick leave law, to take effect on April 1, 2019.