Robinson Bill Creating Paid Family Leave Program Passes Senate Committee

HARRISBURG – Legislation to establish a state-paid family leave program was approved by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee today, according to the committee chair and sponsor of the bill, Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37).

Senate Bill 580 would create a fund to pay benefits to workers when they take leave for major life events, such as the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.

The bill establishes criteria to qualify for leave, sets a formula to determine wage replacement benefits and provides a framework for program administration.

“Everyone is going to have to care for a sick parent or spouse, welcome the birth or adoption of a child or deal with their own personal health challenges,” said Robinson. “This bill will allow them to do so while maintaining a steady source of income and protecting their job.”

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted paid leave programs.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.


Eric Kratz

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