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Proposed bill in unicameral would give 12 weeks paid parental leave

Posted at 11:09 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 00:12:03-05

LINCOLN, Neb. — State senators introduced the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act today in the Nebraska unicameral.

It would provide partial wage replacement for most workers who need to take time off to care for an ailing family member a new child.

Employees who qualify would be provided six weeks to care for a family member with a serious health condition or a military family member. They would receive twelve weeks to care for a new child or for a personal, serious health condition. Pregnancy-related complications would be included in the category of serious health condition.

On Facebook, Senator Crawford wrote, "Nebraskans value our families and our workers who contribute to a growing economy and thriving communities, and this Act will result in healthier families at home and more productive employees at work. I look forward to working with my fellow senators to pass this important piece of legislation."

More than a dozen state senators are listed as having introduced the bill. Senators Crawford and Cavanaugh announced it today.