Paid Family Leave Implemented in Oklahoma.
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The Paid Family Leave Act (PFLA) allow up to six weeks of paid leave for employees who had a grandparent, parent, spouse, child, or grandchild with a serious illness, or for maternity in the case of birth, placement of a foster child, or adoption of a child for parent-child bonding. In Oklahoma, there is currently no paid family leave. According to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) an employee may take up to twelve weeks of time off to care for a spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, foster or adoptive children, but the time off is unpaid. The proposed bill would be temporary disability insurance for those in the workforce. It would be funded through employee contributions: taking a small part of each paycheck, much the same as taxes and social security, and setting it back. There would be no government funding needed for this act to be put into place. In the case that an individual would take Paid Family Leave (PFL), they would receive 65% of their regular earnings (Paid Family Leave Act of 2017).
“Receiving care from family members has been shown to drastically improve health outcomes and recovery from illness, especially among children and the elderly” (Pearson-Merkowitz, & Longo, 2016).
Ebers, C. & Spencer, M. (2018) Policy brief, paid family leave (1). University of Oklahoma (non-electronic report).
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601–2654 (2006).
Pearson-Merkowitz, S., & Longo, R. (2016). Ensuring paid family leave pays off. Retrieved February 18, 2018, from http://www.collaborativeri.org/research/ensuring-paid-family-leave-pays-off
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