Currently, most U.S. workers lack access to paid sick and family and medical leaves to care for themselves and their families. Only 12% of private sector workers have access to paid family leave and nearly 40% of the workforce does not have a single paid sick day. This spring, MAC tackled these issues by providing research on these policies to State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, who submitted two bills during the spring 2015 legislative session to provide paid sick and family leaves to Louisiana working families. Research shows that these policies promote the health and wellbeing of employees and their families, create family-friendly workplaces, lower health care costs, contribute to employee retention, morale and productivity, and has a positive impact on the Louisiana economy.
The proposed legislation at a glance:
|PAID SICK LEAVE||LOUISIANA FAMILY AND MEDICALLEAVE BENEFITS ACT|
|SIZE OF EMPLOYER||5 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES||20 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES|
|REASON FOR LEAVE||FOR EMPLOYEE TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES OR SICK FAMILY MEMBER;ATTENDANCE AT CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR HEALTH ISSUE; PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY; INJURIES SUSTAINED FORM DOMESTIC ABUSE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT||BIRTH, ADOPTION OR PLACEMENT THROUGH FOSTER CARE FOR A NEW CHILD; CARE FOR EMPLOYEE’S OWN SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION; CARE OF A FAMILY MEMBER WITH A SERIOUS HEALTH CONSITION; CARE FOR A QUALIFYING SERVICE MEMBER|
|BENEFIT||1 HOUR OF SICK LEAVE FOR EVERY 40 HOURS WORKED, UP TO 52/HRS PER YEAR||12 WEEKS OF PAID LEAVE WITH SALARY REPLACEMENT OF 66%|
|FUNDING||EMPLOYER||SHARED EMPLOYEE-EMPLOYER PAYROLL CONTRIBUTIONS|
|PROPOSED IMPLEMETATION||JANUARY 1, 2016||JANUARY 1, 2017|
While the Senate Labor Committee voted down the bills at hearing, we continue to outreach and educate the community on the need for these policies to improve working conditions and well-being for all employees and their families.