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Family Medical Leave

California’s Paid Family Leave Program

California’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) provides wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member. 

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s PFL program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

California’s paid sick leave law, which takes effect on July 1, 2015, will allow employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.
The new paid sick leave law in California can help promote a healthy workforce while benefiting small employers’ bottom lines through reduced employee turnover and increased productivity. Additionally, it can help employers take care of their employees in order to retain a loyal and healthy workforce and to attract top talent.
This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s new paid sick leave law and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

Montgomery County’s Paid Sick Leave Law

Montgomery County’s (MD) paid sick leave law, which went into effect on October 1, will allow employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

This document is intended to answer questions small employers in Montgomery County might have about the new paid sick leave law.

New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill

New York’s proposed Paid Family Leave Insurance (PFLI) legislation would create an insurance program that would enable workers in New York state to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child. PFLI would be entirely funded by modest employee contributions, and employees who take leave would be guaranteed job protection. 

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers in New York might have about the proposed program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

Paid Family Leave in Connecticut

Current Connecticut law only provides unpaid leave for certain workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable to provide paid leave benefits to their employees for an extended period of time. 

A paid family leave insurance program would allow Connecticut workers to contribute to a state-administered insurance program that would help provide paid leave to working adults who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. This would allow small businesses that previously could not afford to offer paid leave to provide an extra benefit to their employees. 

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about the importance of establishing a paid family leave insurance program in Connecticut, and the effects this would have on small business owners and their workers.

Rhode Island’s Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program

Rhode Island’s Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI) became effective Jan. 5, 2014. The TCI program provides up to four weeks of wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or family member.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about Rhode Island’s TCI program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

The Need For Paid Family Leave in Colorado

Colorado’s family leave program currently only provides unpaid leave for certain workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable provide paid leave benefits to their employees for an extended period of time.

A paid family leave insurance program would allow Colorado workers to contribute to a state-administered insurance program that would help provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to working adults who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. This would allow small businesses that previously could not afford to offer paid leave to provide an extra benefit to their employees.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about establishing a paid family leave insurance program in Colorado, and the effects this would have on small business owners and their workers.

The FAMILY Act

Sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the proposed Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act would create an insurance program enabling workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about the proposed program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

 

Retirement

Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, signed into law January 2015, will help small businesses that struggle to offer retirement benefits to their employees and provide retirement security to the 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have access to an employment-based retirement plan. Below is an overview of what small businesses need to know about the program.