First, we would like to thank all of our clients and friends who were able to join us on our recent webinar "Managing Leave Requests in the Post-Pandemic World" conducted on June 17, 2021. If you would like to review the PowerPoint from that program or listen to the recording, you can do so on our website here.
The debate over paid parental leave is heating up in Washington D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a 12-week, federally run paid leave program as part of President Biden's American Families Plan. A number of stand-alone bills to address the issue have also been introduced in the House.
Support among House Democrats for a paid leave program appears to be growing. It is expected that those efforts will result in such a program being included in the American Families Plan. This effort may be tempered by other Legislators who oppose such mandates and tax increased that may come from the proposal.
We urge all of our clients and friends to be in contact with their Legislators to voice their opinions with regard to such parental paid leave programs. Such a program could prove to be a substitute for the current patchwork of State and Local paid leave laws that employers experience in that State of New Jersey. Of course, the ultimate cost and outcomes has not yet been determined.