Washington lawmakers introduce groundbreaking family and medical leave legislation

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Credit: smilla4/Flickr Creative Commons

After a decade of stalling, Washington lawmakers are ready to make their state the leader in paid family leave policy.

State Democrats last week introduced a paid family leave bill that would be by far the most generous and progressive proposal in the country — if passed.

The proposal calls for six months of paid family leave for all employees in the state to care for a new child, sick family member, or a family member in the military, and 12 weeks of paid leave to recover from one’s own serious illness. So far, the four existing state family leave programs don’t go past 12 weeks, and two of them only guarantee six weeks.

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