Democrats Unveil 12-Week Paid Family, Medical Leave Proposal
A group of Democratic lawmakers is pushing to offer paid family and medical leave to all Minnesota workers.
Sen. Katie Sieben and other legislators unveiled the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Monday morning, flanked by advocates from around the state. It goes well beyond Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal earlier this year that would extend six weeks of parental leave only to the state's 35,000 public employees.
Sieben's proposal would guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid leave for pregnancy and medical issues. It would also offer 12 weeks to care for a new child or an ill family member.
After the program's startup, it would be self-funded equally by employees and employers. Program proponents say it would cost the average employee about $1.70 per week.
--KEYC NEWS 12