Coming to a Jurisdiction Near You
Chobani gives 6 weeks paid parental leave to all workers.
New Illinois law requires employers covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to provide 10 working days of unpaid bereavement leave for death of child.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce filed suit challenging a Minneapolis ordinance requiring accrual of up to 48 hours of paid sick leave; St. Paul’s similar ordinance is also likely to face a challenge.
Paid Leave Movement
There is momentum behind paid leave, Fentin says.
The United States is only one of three countries in the world without a paid maternity leave policy United States, Oman, and Papua New Guinea. (2008); Connecticut (2012); California (2015); Massachusetts (2015); Oregon (2016); and Vermont (2017).
City and County Ordinances
Local entities are also passing paid leave laws:
California: San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica (1/1/17)Minnesota: Minneapolis (7/1/17), St. Paul
New Jersey: Jersey City, Newark, Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, Irvington, Montclair, Trenton, Bloomfield, Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Plainfield, and Morristown
New York: New York City
States Blocking Local Paid Leave
On the anti paid leave side, some states have passed laws blocking local paid sick leave ordinances, including: Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Georgia.