Add your name to support Paid Family and Medical Leave in Minnesota!
Millions of employees across the country are working hard to make ends meet, but our nation is falling short of providing them the support they need to manage the demands of job and family. Paid family and medical leave is a policy most employees will need at one point or another, but only 13 percent of the countries workforce has access to paid family leave through their employers. Our communities are missing out on the economic stability and economy-boosting effects of keeping people employed while welcoming a new family member, caring for sick loved one, or recovering from their own illness or injury.
It is time lawmakers leveled the playing field for small business owners and put in place a policy and administrative office to help us meet the needs of our employees in ways that, to this point, only our largest competitors can.
In Minnesota, The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act would create a state-administered, self-sustaining insurance program providing Minnesota workers with modest but meaningful benefits. up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement for medical (including pregnancy) AND up to 12 weeks for family leave (including new child bonding) from a state fund, so Minnesotans can take care of themselves and their families.
Paid family and medical leave would be funded by a joint employee-employer contribution. A statewide insurance pool would be created, and a worker’s wage replacement is paid from these funds. It replaces 90% to 55% of wages (based on income) up to a maximum of the average weekly wage, or around $1,000 per week.
By each contributing an estimated 0.27% of a worker’s wages, employers and employees jointly fund the insurance pool. The median worker would pay in just $1.75 per week.
To work for small businesses, the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act must be:
- Meaningful: Provide up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement for pregnancy, medical, or family leave. Replace wages on a progressive scale at 90%-55% of an employee’s salary
- Comprehensive and specific in addressing both family and medical needs. An inclusive family definition should be used to cover the range of family configurations and care responsibilities that business owners and their employees face.
- Inclusive All individuals who work, including self employed individuals, should have the ability to earn extended leave from work to care for their families or themselves, without fear of losing their job.
- Simple. The implementation process should be simple and minimize the administrative responsibilities of small business owners.
- Sustainable Funding Financed in a way that is affordable and cost effective for small business owners and their employees.
A statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program would benefit our employees, their families, our businesses and our economy and we strong urge your support for the the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act, a paid family leave program that works!