SEN. SPILKA’S AND REP. GORDON’S FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE AND TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM BILL SD# 1853/HD# 3411:
Serious personal or family medical emergencies arise for all of us at some point. Individuals receive an unexpected diagnosis. An elderly parent’s health rapidly declines. And parents need time off to nurture and bond with their newborn or newly adopted children. But despite the universality of these circumstances, most MA families face losing their jobs to care themselves, their families or children during these times.
Nearly 40 percent of Massachusetts workers (1.2 million) are excluded from job protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) because they work for companies with fewer than 50 employees. In addition, the FMLA’s unpaid leave is not a financially viable option for most working families, particularly low-income and single parent households.
The Family and Medical Leave and Temporary Disability Insurance Program Act (FML/TDI) will ensure that Massachusetts workers are not forced to choose between work and their own health needs or the well-being of their children and other family members.
KEY COMPONENTS OF THE ACT
The bill is designed to keep costs down by including the following measures:
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HOW WELL DID PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE POLL STATEWIDE?