Coalition works to build support for paid family leave

December 17, 2018 06:45 PM

A coalition at the state capitol is working to build support from lawmakers for a bill requiring employers to provide paid family leave to all Minnesotans.

Supporters would like to see action taken in the upcoming legislative session.


One proposal would have employers and employees each pay a portion of the cost out of each paycheck for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for events like the birth of a child, family illness or the need to care for aging parents.

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Minnesota state employees already get six weeks of paid family leave.

"I am a state employee who very gratefully benefited from paid parental leave when we took six weeks off to go to Columbia to bring home our seven-year-old daughter Camilla," said Miguel Lindgren, a state employee who spoke on behalf of the legislation.

DFL Gov.-elect Tim Walz has said he is open to the idea of expanding paid family leave options. Meanwhile, Republicans, who still control the State Senate, have formed a committee focused on family issues. 

Sen. Karin Housley will chair, and she says members will look for affordable solutions.

"I actually look forward to any and all proposals that come before our committee on paid family leave because it is an important issue that I heard all summer long from families throughout the state," said Housley of her failed U.S. Senate run.

A handful of other states already require various forms of paid family and medical leave. 

Access to paid family leave varies greatly depending on whether you work in the public or private sector and what kind of industry you're in. The information for the graphic below is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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