The Senate passed the Paid Family Medical Leave on a party line vote of 34-33 last night, establishing a state-run program to allow employees to take 12 weeks of paid family or 12 weeks of medical leave. The program will be funded through a 0.7% payroll tax on all taxable wages including tips. One difference between the House and Senate versions is the Senate has a cap of 20 weeks if eligible for both leaves; the House has a cap of 18 weeks.
The bill will now go back to the House, where they can determine to accept the Senate language or move the bill to a conference committee. It is widely anticipated that the bill will go to conference committee, which could start as early this week. We will continue monitoring the situation and weighing in with legislators.
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