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Policy Recommendations

Some states are working to pass legislation putting paid leave policies in place. A federal bill is in the works, too. Learn more about policies that would help small businesses offer more robust benefit packages to their employees.

Fact Sheets

The FAMILY Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know

Sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the proposed Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act would create an insurance program enabling workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child. 

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The Need For Paid Family Leave in Colorado: What Businesses Need to Know

Colorado’s family leave program currently only provides unpaid leave for certain workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable provide paid leave benefits to their employees for an extended period of time.

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Paid Family Leave in Connecticut: What Small Businesses Need to Know

Current Connecticut law only provides unpaid leave for certain workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or family member. However, many workers cannot afford to take extended unpaid leave, and some small employers are unable to provide paid leave benefits to their employees for an extended period of time.

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NY Paid Family Leave Insurance Bill: What Small Businesses Need to Know

New York’s proposed Paid Family Leave Insurance (PFLI) legislation would create an insurance program that would enable workers in New York state to take up to 12 weeks of paid time away from work in order to care for a loved one or bond with a new child. PFLI would be entirely funded by modest employee contributions, and employees who take leave would be guaranteed job protection.

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