Legislators debate paid family leave bills

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New Jersey has become the third state, following California and Washington, to grant mandatory paid family leave to employees. And it looks like the idea is gaining momentum: 14 states, including North Carolina, will consider mandatory paid family leave in this year’s legislative sessions.

New Jersey’s law mandates up to six weeks of paid leave to care for newborns, adopted children or sick family members. Workers will fund the leave through a mandatory payroll deduction.

Mandatory paid sick leave is also making its way through state legislatures, but has met with stiff opposition from the business community. Employers fear higher costs due to sick leave abuse.

“If sick leave is unpaid, it serves as a deterrent to taking off,” a lobbyist said.

Eleven states, including North Carolina, are also considering mandatory sick leave.

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