Paid Family Leave

paid family leave

9 states fund their paid family leave through employee-paid payroll taxes and are administered through their respective disability or unemployment insurance programs:

California, Washington, Rhode Island,  New Jersey, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Connecticut and New York

11 states have created state un-paid versions of family leave or maternity leave:

Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, , Hawaii and Tennessee


  • Only 12% of U.S. private sector workers have access to paid family leave through their employer.
  • The federal family leave act only covers employers with 50+ employees within a 75 mile radius
  • Texas families have to sign up 6 months in advance to get childcare services


  • Create county-wide paid family leave program for workers who have worked at least 30+ hours a week in businesses with 10+ employees to take up to 4 weeks of paid job-protected family leave annually after 6 months of employment similar to Washington D.C.
  • Create state-wide paid family leave with benefit and job protection that provides 12 weeks of leave with 60% of your salary
  • Pass a ordinance/law requiring companies with 10+ employees to provide 6 weeks of unpaid family leave to workers who have worked at least 30+ hours a week after 6 months of employment
  • Paid family leave reduces the need for nursing home use and saves states money on medicaid


Pew – How States Are Working to Address The Retirement Savings Challenge

Fast Company – This Is What Paid Leave Looks Like In Every U.S. State

Washington Post – States make moves toward paid family leave

Washington Post – The smart economics of Norway’s parental leave, and why the U.S. should consider it

Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA)

Washington State Family Leave Act

Minnesota Parental Leave Act, federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Wisconsin Family And Medical Leave Act

DOL – Federal vs. Vermont Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Hawaii Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Oregon Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Maine Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Minnesota Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Rhode Island Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Laws

DOL – Federal vs. Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Laws

NJ Family Leave Act and Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Bill Moyers – National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

Rhode Island Becomes the Third State with Paid Family Leave

Think Progress – Workers In A Third State Can Now Take Paid Family Leave

Think Progress – Rhode Island Poised To Be Third State With Paid Family Leave

University of Texas – The Benefits to a Paid Family Leave Law That Nobody is Talking About

Think Progress – Connecticut Takes A Step Toward Paid Family And Medical Leave

Center for American Progress – The Effects of Paid Family and Medical Leave on Employment Stability and Economic Security

LA Times – California’s pioneering paid family-leave law may expand to help more low-income workers

Tennessee Human Rights Commission – State maternity leave law

USA Today – Should Ohio have paid family leave?

Paid Parental Leave is Coming to Whitney Point Public Employees

Albany Business Journal – Paid family leave included in Senate Republican budget proposal

Time to Care New York – Paid Family Leave

The Cut – No Brainer: Paid Leave Equals Breast-feeding Success

Bloomberg – Here’s Which States Offer Women The Most Equality

NPR – Paid Family Leave Advocates Celebrate A Big Week, But The Battle’s Not Over

New York State – Paid Family Leave

New York – Time to Care with Paid Family Leave

Should Connecticut Mandate Paid Family and Medical Leave?

Pew – More States Consider Family Leave Laws, But Barriers Remain

Brookings – How much paid parental leave do Americans really want?

Massachusetts Senate to consider paid family leave bill

Meet the ‘latte pappas’: The Swedish men who stay home to look after the children

Las Cruces Sun News – Group pitches paid family, parental leave law

San Jose Considers Lactation Rooms for Nursing Mothers

The Irish Times – Paid leave for dads: will Irish men take it?

Study: 80 percent of New Hampshire in support of paid medical, family leave

Sacramento Bee – Having a California baby? Assembly passes bill seeking to protect your job

Georgia Senate Passes Family Sick Leave Legislation

Wall Street Journal – The Case for Day Care at the Office Will Offer 18 Weeks Of Paid Family Leave To Both Parents

Bloomberg – The 10 U.S. Companies With the Best Paternity Leave Benefits

AEI – A simple proposal to fund maternity leave

Talk Poverty – Why Conservatives’ Plans for Pregnancy 401(k)s Fall Short

Center for American Progress – The Business Case for Paid Leave and Paid Sick Days

Mandated Paid sick days a boon for Connecticut

San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: Outcomes for Employers and Employees

Small Business Network for Paid Sick Days

NY Times – Despite Business Fears, Sick-Day Laws Like New York’s Work Well Elsewhere

Private Sector

Meet the woman behind Laughing Planet Cafe’s new paid parental leave policy: Q&A with Katie Freeman

Fenwick Expands Parental Leave Policy to 16 weeks

NY Times – When the Pilot Is a Mom: Accommodating New Motherhood at 30,000 Feet

Maersk offering 18 weeks paid maternity leave

Western Union expands maternity leave benefit to 12 weeks fully paid

Dow Chemical offers at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave

The Cut – No Brainer: Paid Leave Equals Breast-feeding Success

San Fransisco Examiner – San Francisco businesses face paid parental leave mandate

Chicago could become first city to mandate paid leave for new parents

Fortune – Coca-Cola Credits Millennials For Its Extended Paid Parental Leave Policy

Paid Leave for All Parents: Millennial Employees Drive Coke’s New Parental Benefits Policy

Glamour – Anheuser Busch Is the Latest Company to Offer a (Better) Parental Leave Policy

Star Tribune – Land O’Lakes increases paid parental leave

Philadelphia Business Journal – Campbell’s announces paid parental leave policy

Reuters – Nike expands, adds to its paid family leave

Catholic archdiocese to offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Think Progress – Footwear Company Gets In On The Paid Family Leave Arms Race

CSID Raises Bar for Parental Leave in Austin

Huffington Post – Winston & Strawn will give its associates 20 weeks of gender-neutral parental leave

Rewire – Bleeding Wounds and Breastfeeding Hell: The Costs of No Paid Maternity Leave in America

Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm Announces 16 weeks of Parental Leave Policies

Elephant Auto Insurance announces generous parental leave policy

Hitachi Consulting India extends paid maternity leave to 6 months

Why the Island Institute decided to offer a 12 week paid parental leave

Cosmopolitan – 6 Women Reveal the Challenging Reality of Not Having Paid Maternity Leave

Washington Post – Being on paid maternity leave is no grounds for denying a mortgage

Fast Company – Three Dads Share What It Was Like Taking Parental Leave For The First Time

Why competing agencies are joining forces to give parents more time off

Fast Company – What Will It Take For Employers To Offer On-Site Day Care?

You Won’t Support Paid Parental Leave? Then We Won’t Give You a Grant

Gadens law firm enhances paid parental leave to 26 weeks

Business Insider – The CEO of Patagonia makes a convincing business case for this unorthodox perk

Journal of Business – Parental-leave plans expand for select few

Portland Press Herald – WEX embraces new parental leave policy to attract, keep workers

Chobani Receives Great Place to Work® Certification and Announces New Paid Parental Leave Policy Across the U.S.

Girl Scouts of the USA Among Leaders in New-Parent Benefits

Inc – This Company Gives Mothers 12 Weeks (Paid!) Maternity Leave

AXA launches global parental leave policy

Fortune – American Express Is Giving Workers 20 Weeks of Parental Leave and $35,000 for Infertility Treatment

Iron Workers 396 apprentice calls new paid maternity leave benefit ‘life-changing’

Harris Corporation Adds Paid Parental Leave for Its 17,000 Employees

US last in paid parental leave, but some Mich. companies stepping up

Why I require new fathers who work for me to take paternity leave

Medway becomes first NHS Trust in England to offer additional time off for staff whose babies are born prematurely

Public Sector

Jacksonville company offers 12 weeks of paid paternal leave

The Best Maternity and Paternity Benefits In Utah Have Just Been Launched At Weave

Eataly now offers paid parental leave to every employee

16 weeks paid parental leave? Here’s why one tech company is doing it.

Vanguard adds severance, family benefits

Award-Winning Apple Growth Partners Announces 10-Week Paid Maternity Leave

Tobacco giant Reynolds American adds 16 weeks of paid parental leave

Boulder County applauded for breastfeeding, parental-leave policies

City of Atlanta to Offer Paid Family Leave for City Employees

Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves study on 4 weeks of paid parental leave

Port of Seattle joins other organizations, announces new paid parental leave plan

Austin to offer employees paid parental leave

Seattle council approves paid parental leave for city workers

Mayor de Blasio Signs Paid Parental Leave Personnel Order for NYC Workers

Governor of Minnesota wants paid parental leave for state workers

Mayor Emanuel Announces City’s First Maternity Leave Policy

Mayor Walsh Signs Boston’s First Ever Paid Parental Leave Policy

KC Council approves paid parental leave for city employees

St. Paul Mayor Coleman announces paid parental leave plan for city workers

Portland approves 6 weeks of paid parental leave for city employees

This Boston Politician Gave Birth While in Office—and Paved the Way for Paid Parental Leave

Cuyahoga County village offers six-month parental leave

Hennepin County approves parental leave for employees

Pittsburgh to consider giving its workers 6 weeks of paid parental leave

Pittsburgh city workers granted 6 weeks’ paid family leave under new policy Pittsburgh city workers granted 6 weeks’ paid family leave under new policy

Allegheny County to offer 6 weeks of parental leave

Why We Need Parental Leave for the Public Workforce

Minneapolis passes paid parental leave for city employees

Board approves paid parental leave for Pima County employees

Missoula County adopts new parental leave policy for new moms and dads

Multnomah County Adds Paid Parental Leave Policy for Employees

Ohio city now offering full-time employees six months paid leave after baby

Ferndale to give employees 12 weeks for parental leave

Fort Wayne Mayor Proposes Fully Paid Maternity Leave For City Employees

City of Cincinnati to offer paid parental leave to city employees

D.C. Government Workers Get Eight Weeks Of Paid Family Leave

The Tennessean – Nashville may adopt paid parental leave for Metro workers

Cobb city to vote on offering paid maternity leave

Wilmington City Council Member Darius Brown’s Paid Parental Leave Legislation is Approved by City Council

Keene Housing board OKs new paid parental leave policy

Business Journal – St. Petersburg sets paid parental leave policy, mayor calls on business to follow

Jupiter to consider paid family leave for employees

Seattle’s paid-parental leave proposed to extend to 8 weeks

Paid parental leave policy begins to take shape for Minnesota state employees

Arizona Daily Star – County’s new parental leave policy tested by complicated birth

The Stranger – Women of Seattle Council: Give Paid Parental Leave to All

New York City Buildings Are Now Required to Have Lactation Rooms

Richfield adopts paid parental leave for city employees

San Antonio 2017 budget proposal includes additional parental leave

The Desert Sun – Palm Springs teachers to get maternity leave, raise in new contract

Palm Beach Post – Paid family leave for Jupiter employees: Good or bad idea?

Palm Beach Post – Wellington, West Palm to offer paid leave to new parents

Paid Parental Leave Could be Coming Soon for Washington County Employees

City of Dayton evaluate progress on parental leave policy one year later

Summit County considers offering employees paid parental leave

Some Missoula City Council members push for paid maternity leave

Durham County employees to receive raise to $15 an hour, paid parental leave

Cary considering paid parental leave for town employees

Summit County Council unanimously approves six weeks of paid parental leave for employees

Missoulian – Missoula approves six-week paid maternity leave for city workers

Lake Jackson approves paid parental leave

Arkansas Online – Little Rock lawmaker renews push to pass maternity-leave bill

Kansas City Star – Paid time off for childbirth proposed for Missouri state workers

Salt Lake Tribune – Salt Lake City announces paid parental leave for employees

Cary first Wake County municipality to offer paid parental leave

Columbus Dispatch – Columbus set to offer paid family leave for all city workers

St Louis Dispatch – MoDOT expands paid parental leave, legislators mull their own plans

Shoreline City Council approves supplemental paid family leave for City staff

Greitens OKs paid parental leave for some state workers

New parents at Port of Tacoma could get paid leave, if commission approves

Sun Sentinel – Palm Beach County moves ahead with paid parental leave for employees

Tampa Bay Times – Hillsborough Republican wants paid parental leave for county employees

Warner Robins Council reverses on maternity leave

The Blade – Lucas County Commissioners New policy to offer 12-week parental leave

Leon County Approves 6 weeks of Paid Parental Leave

City Beat – Hamilton County’s Living Wage Torch-Bearer

Mayor Curry Proposes Paid Parental Leave For City Employees

El Paso Times – Ordaz Perez proposes parental share leave pool for city workers

Beachwood seeks to be state leader in granting employees paid parental leave

Hamilton County’s Living Wage Torch-Bearer

New Orleans city workers now eligible for paid maternity, parental leave

Sonoma County, SEIU reach tentative deal that would provide employees 8 weeks of paid parental leave


Let’s Support Delaware Families

Mayor Bhalla Signs Expanded Paid Parental Leave Executive Order

Council offers ‘additional’ paid leave after premature births

My Employer Has Extended Maternity And Paternity Leave To Parents Of Premature Babies. Here’s Why Others Should Follow Suit

Park City Board of Education approves paid maternity and paternity leave

Oregon Just Passed The Best Family Leave Law In The U.S.

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