Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Those of you that teach in the area of employment law are well aware of the controversy that exists over family and medical leave. Many believe that the leave protections provided by federal law are insufficient, and this country lags far behind many others in this area – – particularly in Western Europe. One criticism of the FMLA which often arises is the lack of any paid leave in the statute. Some states – – notably California and New Jersey – – have acted to help fill this gap with paid leave systems of their own. A recent story at CNN.com looks at how paid leave for family reasons has worked out on a state level. The story provides an interesting look at how the fears raised by opponents of a paid leave system never truly materialized once the system was actually implemented.