Walz signs paid family and medical leave into law

Walz signs paid family and medical leave into law

Walz signs paid family and medical leave into law

Governor Tim Walz signed the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act into law Thursday afternoon.

Walz was joined by Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, House Speaker Melissa Hortman, Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic and other advocates of the bill.

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The bill gives Minnesota workers up to 12 weeks of paid time off for a serious medical condition or pregnancy, or to care for a family member. Individuals can claim a maximum of 20 weeks of paid leave in a single year.

It received a party-line 68-62 vote on May 17 in the House, with all Republican representatives voting against it. On May 18, the Senate followed suit, approving the bill 34-32.

RELATED: Minnesota House passes paid family, medical leave bill

RELATED: Minnesota Senate passes paid family and medical leave bill

Republicans have opposed the measure, arguing it burdens employers with a new tax and that many workplaces already offer their own version of long-term paid leave.

The program will be funded through a 0.7% payroll tax for employers participating in both the family and medical benefits and will be disbursed through a new division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. A one-time $668 million infusion would get the program off the ground until the payroll tax can sustain it long-term.

See which other high-profile bills were passed during the session and signed into law with KSTP’s Legislative Tracker.