Paid Family Leave Campaigns
Many states across the country are working to pass their own paid family leave programs.
Washington passed a law in 2006 that will guarantee workers up to five weeks a year of paid leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. Without a clear funding route, implementation of the program has been delayed. However, advocates in Washington are proposing a bill that would expand and fund the current program; in addition to providing leave to care for a new child, an expanded program would provide leave for a worker’s own serious health condition or to care for a seriously ill loved one. We previously created a fact sheet to explain why this bill is so important to Washington’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities.
A coalition is working to advance paid family and medical leave in Connecticut. The coalition’s website includes its legislative recommendations and an update on the paid family and medical leave bill. In 2013, elected officials in Connecticut passed a law to establish a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force. The task force, which was chaired and convened by Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, studied the feasibility of establishing a family and medical leave insurance program. The task force report on its findings are available here.
In May 2015, a campaign launched in Washington, D.C., to pass a paid family and medical leave law. The D.C. program has generated significant media attention – an example of the coverage is available here. To learn more about the campaign and to get involved, click here.
A coalition in Minnesota is working to pass a paid family and medical leave law. In early 2016, legislation passed multiple Senate committees. To learn more about the campaign and to get involved, click here.
The Coalition for Social Justice in Massachusetts is advocating for passage of a paid family and medical leave law. To learn more about the proposed legislation, campaign, and ways to get involved, click here.
In 2013, elected officials in New Hampshire passed a law establishing a commission to study the establishment of a paid family leave insurance program.
Check out these websites to learn about additional state paid family and medical leave insurance campaigns and activities: