Minnesota Paid Family & Medical Leave

Members of the Minnesota Legislature,

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.

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 strongly urge your support.

 

Paid Family & Medical Leave Stories from Minnesota Small Business Owners

Spring 2019 Storybook 

Op-eds:

The cost of inaction on paid family and medical leave by Sarah Piepenburg, Owner of Vinaigrette, April 26th, 2019

Why I’m for Minnesota-backed paid family leave (and every business that wants to be around in 15 years should be, too) by Nancy Lyons, owner of Clockwork, March 11th, 2019

Paid family leave makes sense for small businesses and their employees by Thea Farrington, owner of Perfect Day Cakes and Central Park Café, December 21st, 2018

Paid-leave bill will benefit employees and small businesses alike by Todd Mikkelson, owner of Sprayrack, April 7th, 2016

 

Resources:

Read a simple summary of the legislation from Minnesotans for Paid Family and Medical Leave

See our Fact Sheet

Read HF5 Paid Family & Medical Leave Legislation HERE

More resources including videos, surveys, research and more HERE

Like Minnesotans for Paid Family Leave on Facebook

 

Who's endorsing

Mike Calawerts Orangetheory Fitness Uptown
Kevin Brown Smart Set, Inc.
Eric Goerdt Northern Waters Smokehaus
Susie Carlson Susie Carlson Shiatsu & Massage
Erin McFerson McFerson Chiropractic
Mimi Amelang
Katy Armendariz Minnesota CarePartner
Dana Petersen
Julie Noren Light Dark Landscape
Anna Tsantir Two Bettys Green Cleaning Co
Kevin Brown Smart Set, Inc.
Daniel Swenson-Klatt Butter Bakery Cafe
Cassidy Hexum Gullywubbles
Holly Hatch-Surisook Sen Yai Sen Lek, LLC
Jane Vardeman Shannon Bench Pressed
Nancy Lyons Clockwork
Kateri Ruiz MAIA
Nicole Jones Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul

18 endorsements

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  • Mike Calawerts
    Orangetheory Fitness Uptown endorsed 2019-05-01 16:21:08 -0700
  • Kevin Brown
    Smart Set, Inc. endorsed 2019-04-19 11:23:21 -0700
    Paid family leave levels the playing field in providing benefits for our employees. Small businesses make up half of the jobs in the state, and we care deeply about our employees. This bill will allow small businesses to retain jobs for experienced workers.
  • Eric Goerdt
    Northern Waters Smokehaus endorsed 2019-04-19 05:22:35 -0700
  • Susie Carlson
    Susie Carlson Shiatsu & Massage endorsed 2019-03-29 18:35:30 -0700
  • Erin McFerson
    McFerson Chiropractic endorsed 2019-02-28 12:13:03 -0800
  • Mimi Amelang
    endorsed 2019-02-26 09:39:24 -0800
  • Coffee Rehab
    @coffee_rehab tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-07 13:56:13 -0800
  • Katy Armendariz
    Minnesota CarePartner endorsed 2019-02-07 13:55:53 -0800
  • Dana Petersen
    endorsed 2019-02-05 11:35:51 -0800
  • Julie Noren
    Light Dark Landscape endorsed 2019-02-04 08:21:52 -0800
  • Anna
    @atsantir tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-25 16:52:31 -0800
  • Anna Tsantir
    Two Bettys Green Cleaning Co endorsed 2019-01-25 16:52:14 -0800
  • Kevin Brown
    Smart Set, Inc. endorsed 2019-01-22 06:10:33 -0800
  • Daniel Swenson-Klatt
    Butter Bakery Cafe endorsed 2019-01-19 13:18:05 -0800
  • Gullywubbles
    @gullywubbles tweeted link to this page. 2019-01-17 19:03:23 -0800
  • Cassidy Hexum
    Gullywubbles endorsed 2019-01-17 19:02:27 -0800
  • Holly Hatch-Surisook
    Sen Yai Sen Lek, LLC endorsed 2019-01-15 14:31:05 -0800
  • Jane Vardeman Shannon
    Bench Pressed endorsed 2019-01-15 11:03:03 -0800
    When I had my son, even though I had planned for a break from work I was only able to take 2 weeks off. I could not afford to take any more time off. This is what happens when you own your own business. There’s nothing to help us.
  • Nancy Lyons
    Clockwork endorsed 2019-01-14 12:31:28 -0800
    This is something that is near and dear to my heart. But I am unable to make the lobbying on the 22nd.
  • Kateri Ruiz
    MAIA endorsed 2019-01-14 10:36:31 -0800
  • Nicole Jones
    Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul endorsed 2019-01-14 09:56:17 -0800
    Right now, if either my husband or I had a serious medical issue that took us away from our business, we would lose that business. Paid medical leave would lift an enormous emotional (and possible financial) burden from the already stress-laden life of small business ownership.

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