Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System
|Category:||Wage and Labor|
|Sponsor:||Representative Erin Herbig, House 43|
|Bill #:||LD 1587|
UPDATE: The governor vetoed the bill and the veto was sustained. The bill is dead.
UPDATE: The bill has been amended to a resolve to conduct the study with a report back for 2019.
UPDATE: The sponsor amended the bill to direct an actuarial study ordered to better understand the cost of such a program.
This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and for the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. This bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. This bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expense, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2019.