SALEM, Ore. – What’s being called the most progressive family medical leave bill in the country was signed into law today by Governor Kate Brown. The newly signed House Bill 2005 requires employers to provide paid time off for up to 12 weeks of leave for various health-related reasons.
With this new act, employees can use this time to care for a new baby, recover from a serious illness or support newly adopted or foster children. It also provides paid time off for victims of domestic violence and guarantees 100% of wages to low-income workers.
A mother we spoke with today says though she’s happy this kind of leave is being approved, families could still use more time.
“Families in America struggle to make it work” butt “You really do need six months off as a family to adjust to your new baby or adding another baby to a family with kids already,” mother of three, Brittany said.
It will be some time before anyone can take advantage of the new law, it doesn’t begin until 2023. Like all things, nothing is free, both employers and employees contribute through a payroll tax. Only businesses with 25 or more employees will be required to provide the coverage.
Devin Gooden graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism.
She has spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Business Management.
When she’s not reporting, Devin practices yoga, reads thriller novels and loudly cheers for her beloved Georgia Bulldawgs.