State Paid FMLA

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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-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 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


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