More states are adopting Paid Family and Medical Leave programs, both mandatory and voluntary. The Oregon Family and Medical Leave Program takes effect on New Years Day and requires employers in the Beaver State to withhold and remit contributions to the program beginning as of that date. All employers regardless of the number of employees are required to post the state Employment Department model notice in the workplace. Those with 25 or more employees are required to pay 40% of the contribution with employees paying 60%, while employers with fewer than 25 employees aren’t required to contribute, but only to collect the employee contributions. Benefits, which include up to 12 weeks paid time off under the Paid Family Leave program, become available to employees on September 3, 2023. A little different in construct, the states of Vermont and New Hampshire are both launching voluntary Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plans come the New Year. The New Hampshire program, known as the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan provides New Hampshire workers with 60 percent wage replacement for up to six weeks of work per year. The decision to participate in the plan is left up to the employers in the state and then to their employees as to whether or not they’ll enroll. Likewise, the Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan (VT-FMLI) will roll out first for state workers in 2023 and then to private employers beginning in 2024. According to the plans announced earlier this month by Governor Phil Scott, the program would then be offered to individual employees and self-employed workers beginning in 2025.