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It helps that neither of the FMLI plans under consideration would require employers pay a dime in benefits and their administration dovetails unemployment insurance.
Six states and the District of Columbia now have required FMLI. (Three of them are up and running and none are falling apart.)
In addition, about 25 states are weighing FMLI legislation, and about 10 are expected to pass the measures.
Critics, like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Morse, R-Salem, deride FMLI as "an income tax, plain and simple." But Rep.
Some 23 percent of firms with more than 500 employees offer some form of FMLI, but only 10 percent with fewer than 100 do.
But FMLI participation might mean different things to different people since there are few if any companies offering the comprehensive family leave benefits that are being mandated by state governments.
Paid Leave Programs STATE STATUS PAYROLL EMPLOYER'S LEAVE TIME DEDUCTION SHARE OF (DISABILITY PAID LEAVE FAMILY) California Exists 1.00% 0% 52/6 weeks Maine Proposed 0.50% 0% 20/12 weeks Massachusetts Passed 0.63% 40% if more 20/12 weeks than 25 workers New Hampshire Proposed 0.50% 0% 12/12 weeks New Jersey Exists 0.08% 0% 26/6 weeks New York Exists 1.26% 0% 26/8 weeks Rhode Island Exists 1.10% 0% 30/40 weeks Vermont Proposed 1.00% 50% 12/12 weeks Washington Passed 0.40% 63% 14/12 weeks STATE WAGES PAID DURING LEAVE California 60% Maine 67/90% Massachusetts 80% New Hampshire 60% New Jersey 66% New York 50% Rhode Island 60% Vermont 100% Washington 90% Some: NHBR Research; Sun Lift Financial Every state has its own twist on FMLI.
Neither version covers state workers, leaving it to the collective bargaining process, though the amended Senate version mandates that FMLI be part of that process.
Laws creating FMLI have passed in California; New Jersey; Rhode Island; New York; Washington, DC; and Washington State.
KD: What can you tell us about the implementation and evaluation of paid FMLI in those places?
Imagine, if those workers were served by a paid FMLI program rather than by public assistance programs, how we could refocus our energies and resources on serving individuals and families with the greatest barriers to gainful, sustainable employment and self-sufficiency.
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