Parallel Paid Leave Tracks

Congress will soon be debating two different versions of federal paid leave laws as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introducing the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act earlier this week. Although the immediate focus of the democrat bill is solely on federal government…

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Opposition Grows To Rubio Paid Leave Bill

Senate Democrats are already lining up against legislation that would create a federal paid family leave policy for workers to access for the birth of a child or the caring of an ill family member. The bill, known as the Economic Security for New Parents Act will allow parents to borrow from Social Security when…

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US Chamber Endorses WorkFlex Act

The United States Chamber of Commerce this week gave its approval to HR. 4219, The Work Flex in the 21st Century Act, filed by California republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters. The bill does not create nor mandate a paid leave policy, but rather offers private businesses flexibility in tailoring paid leave programs for its employees. Further,…

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Federal Paid Leave Proposals Debated

Competing plans on how the government should structure a national paid leave policy were debated this week at a Senate Finance subcommittee hearing. The two plans, one from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and the other by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), take completely different approaches on how to fund paid family leave at the national level.…

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Workplace Leave Heard in DC

Different versions of paid family leave have been cropping up in states and local venues around the country with increasing regularity and now the federal government is closer to getting in on the action. This week, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a public hearing on what it generally called “workplace leave” policies. Ostensibly,…

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Senate Advances Tax Reform

Following the lead of their counterparts in the House of Representatives (but going with their own version of what the House passed), the US Senate advanced its own Tax Reform bill out of the Senate Finance Committee on a party line vote a couple of weeks ago. And this week, cleared the first procedural step…

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Senate OKs National Paid Leave Proposal

It isn’t the egregious and dictatorial type of paid leave mandate we’ve seen in a number of cities and states around the country, but the US Senate is endorsing the creation of a national paid leave policy. A moderate paid leave policy filed by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer made its way through the Senate Finance…

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National Paid Leave Filed

Although the creation of a national paid sick leave policy has in some ways been spearheaded by the President’s daughter Ivanka, it was three republican members of Congress who got the ball rolling this week with the official filing of the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.  Officially filed by California republican Congresswomen Mimi Walters,…

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National Paid Leave Bill Filed

Legislation that effectively creates a voluntary national paid leave policy was introduced into both houses of Congress earlier this week. The legislation, entitled the Strong Families Act, would give a 25% tax credit to companies that offer between two and twelve weeks of paid leave to their employees. Filed by Republican Senator Deb Fischer (NE)…

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Trump Paid Leave Not Enough for Some

Just last week, we advised of a concerted effort by first daughter and senior presidential advisor Ivanka Trump to win approval of a national paid leave policy offering up to six weeks of paid leave for all employees in the nation. The Trump proposal, which would be paid for with state unemployment insurance funds, “doesn’t…

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