Just a few weeks ago, we advised you that Maine became the first state to adopt a universal paid family leave plan allowing employees to use the benefit for any reason. This week, Nevada joined Maine in that category when it adopted its own universal paid family leave law. The Nevada program applies to employers with 50 or more employees and provides that those employees earn up to 40 hours of leave each year, all of which may be carried over to the next year. The law provides that employees using their leave must do so in increments not to exceed 4 hours and must also give their employer notice of intent as soon as practicable. Further, employers are required to provide workers with an accounting of hours available for paid leave on each payday and may not retaliate against employees for taking leave. The law becomes effective on January 1, 2020. Back on the East Coast, Connecticut will have the most generous paid family leave program in the country when Governor Ned Lamont signs an expansion of the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) into law as expected. The law, which becomes effective in January 2022, will provide employees with up to twelve weeks of paid family and/or medical leave in any twelve month period and two additional weeks of paid leave for serious health conditions resulting in incapcitation that occurs during a pregnancy. The program will be funded by a 0.5% payroll tax, deductions for which will begin January 1, 2021. While the CFMLA applies to employers with 75 employees, the new provisions will apply to those with as few as one employee. In addition, the bill makes employees eligible if they’ve worked for the employer for at least three months immediately preceding their request for leave with no minimum requirement of hours worked!