Senate OKs bill to study family medical leave insurance

Hartford – The Senate on Friday passed by a 22-12 vote a bill that establishes a task force to study family medical leave insurance.

The task force must study the feasibility of creating an insurance program to provide short-term benefits to workers who are unable to work because of pregnancy, birth of a child, non-work related illness or injury or because they need to care for a seriously ill child, spouse or parent.

“This is a good start for Connecticut to look at providing some mechanism for protecting people from economic disaster,” said state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, who led the bill through the Senate. “Women on maternity leave or anyone facing a long-term illness, without any income, they are just headed toward the poverty rolls. This bill will stop that from happening.”

The task force must submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by Oct. 1, 2014.

The bill (House Bill 6553), passed along party lines in the Senate and was passed in the House earlier this month. It now moves to the governor for his signature.

The federal Family Medical Leave Act provides certain employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave for issues such as the birth of a child, care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition, or if the employee has a serious health condition.

So far, California and New Jersey have family leave insurance programs.

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

Vendor won't oppose bill that would make prison calls free

The vendor that provides phone service for Connecticut's prison system has withdrawn its opposition to legislation that would make calls from prison free for inmate families


Ignoring clash with Lamont, Senate passes family leave

Setting aside the 11th-hour threat of a gubernatorial veto, the state Senate voted 21-15 Wednesday night to pass a Democratic bill that would create a paid family and medical leave insurance policy, a step toward a long-sought goal of labor progressives.


Fugitive says he'll surrender if people 'like' wanted poster

A Connecticut police department says a fugitive has agreed to surrender if enough people respond to an online wanted poster on social media


RI might say goodbye to 'wave' license plates

An effort is underway to replace Rhode Island's distinctive 'wave' license plates and more than double the cost of the new ones

TRENDING

PODCASTS