Democrats Unveil Plan for Paid Family Leave in Minnesota

A statewide coalition of lawmakers, working families, faith communities, labor and non-profit organizations have joined forces to unveil the 2016 Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. 

State Senator Katie Sieben, of Cottage Grove, is the author of the bill in the Minnesota Senate. 

The legislation will create an insurance program to provide all Minnesota workers with a portion of their pay for up to 12 weeks for pregnancy and medical issues, and 12 weeks for bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously-ill family member. 

Research from other states with Paid Family and Medical Leave programs shows that it benefits business by lowering turnover, boosting productivity and enhancing morale.  

Seiben says that the program “is a basic family value, and it’s time for our state laws to catch up to the reality of our modern workplaces.”