Proposed Legislation to Extend Paid Family Leave to Federal Employees: Are Private Employers Next?

Congress has proposed legislation that would make four of the twelve weeks of parental leave available under the FMLA for the birth or adoption of a child paid for federal employees.  There are two proposals currently pending--S. 354 and H.R. 626. 

Some have predicted that paid family leave for federal employees is a harbinger of legislation that would require private employers to provide paid leave. 

Read what I had to say about this recently in the National Law Journal.

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Governor Corzine signs New Jersey Paid Family Leave legislation into law

On May 2, 2008, Governor Corzine of New Jersey signed into law Paid Family Leave legislation.  The New Jersey Paid Family Leave legislation provides up to six weeks (or 42 days if the leave is "intermittent") of benefits -- at the same level as those provided under New Jersey's Temporary Disability Benefits Law -- to an employee who takes leave to provide care certified to be necessary for a family member of the employee suffering from a serious health condition, or to care for a child during the first 12 months after the child's birth or the child's placement for adoption with the employee's family.  

New Jersey Paid Family Leave runs concurrently with leave provided under both the New Jersey Family Leave Act, as applicable, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. 

Click here for additional information regarding how New Jersey Paid Family Leave works, and who is covered under the legislation.