The Evolution of Paid Leave

As the idea of the modern family evolves into a broad spectrum of two-income households, single parents, and a million variations in between, there is an increasing national need for benefits that support better work-life balance. Many cities have acted fast to pass comprehensive paid leave legislation, but for some localities, questions remain around exactly how these laws will be paid for, implemented, and enforced.


Most of these new laws provide extensive provisions around parental leave (after the birth or adoption of a child), as well as caretaker leave for family members with a serious medical illness. In states where there is an actionable implementation plan in place, paid family leave will be jointly funded by contributions from both employees and employers. Several of these plans go into effect next year and have the potential to set off national paid leave reform.


We’ve rounded up the evolution of paid leave policies so far:

 


February 2016


Paid Leave Gaining Steam in New York

 


March 2016


VT Signs Paid Leave Law

 


April 2016


NY Passes Landmark Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Laws


SF to Require Fully Paid Family Leave


CA Boosts Paid Family Leave Benefits

 


June 2016


Paid Leave Scores Midwest Victory


Chicago OKs Paid Sick Leave

 


August 2016


Equal Pay, Paid Leave Enter Electoral Fray


DOL Pushes States to Study, Enact Paid Leave

 


April 2017


Washington DC Enacts Paid Leave, Questions Remain

 


May 2017


Minneapolis, Saint Paul Clarify Sick Leave Laws


President Trump Signals Support for Paid Leave

 


July 2017


Washington Passes New Paid Family Leave Law

New and improved paid leave legislation is sweeping the nation, so if your locality has yet to be impacted, now is the time to plan ahead. Revisit your company’s family leave policies to make sure you’re prepared for future changes.