Bill would expand access to paid family medical leave
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin workers could get expanded access to paid family medical leave under a plan introduced at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
The Family Medical Leave Insurance Act would be paid by workers themselves, not by employers.
The program is basically a payroll deduction modeled after similar plans in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
Lawmakers proposing the legislation said too many Wisconsin families are one tragedy away from losing their income.
“For far too many families, there’s not a choice at all,” Sen. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville, said. “They simply cannot afford to miss a day’s pay by missing a day’s work.”
Currently, family-leave laws at the state and federal levels guarantee workers keep their jobs, but rarely offer salaries during that leave. Similar legislation introduced during the last session at the Capitol didn’t pass.
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