Florida parents could get 3 months paid family leave

Bills would require employers to allow paid leave for birth, adoption, foster placement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Florida lawmakers are renewing a push to require employers to provide paid family leave.

The Florida Family Leave Act would give parents three months of paid time off for a child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement.

House Bill 889 and Senate Bill 1194 outline the need for paid family leave, saying the need has increased as the number of homes with two parents in the workforce and the number of single-parent homes have grown.

The bills also say the majority of workers in Florida are unable to take family leave because they can’t afford to not be paid, and families are suffering because of it.

Workers must have been at their company for at least a year and a half to qualify for leave.

If the Act is approved and signed by the governor, it would go into effect on July 1, 2020.

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