Start Preparing Now for Paid Family Leave, Employers

In an article published by Columbus CEO on April 3, 2017, Molly Gwin discusses the recently proposed legislation of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act that would require employers to provide employees with 12 weeks of leave with up to 66 percent of employee pay. While the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees with the right to take up to 12 weeks off for serious health situations, childbirth, newborn care or care of a close relative, this leave was unpaid. The funding for leave under the FAMILY Act would come from a payroll tax of .2 percent to 1 percent, which would be split equally between the employer and the employee. “With the eventual implementation of a national paid leave program quite possible, employers should consider working with legal counsel to determine how paid leave will impact existing company procedures and employee morale,” said Gwin. For the full article, click here.