5 states fund their paid family leave through employee-paid payroll taxes and are administered through their respective disability programs:
California, Washington, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York
12 states have created state un-paid versions of family leave or maternity leave:
Oregon, Montana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, 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
Create county-widepaid 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-widepaid family leave with benefit and job protection similar to New Jersey which provides 6 weeks of leave with 60% of your salary for only $26 a year paid by employees. The program would be managed by Texas workforce commission.
Pass a 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