Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program; funding by employee and employer taxes. (HB328)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program. Entitles individuals to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month they are engaged in qualified caregiving, not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per year. Qualified caregiving means an activity, except regular employment, for a reason an individual is entitled to leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Benefits would amount to 66 percent of an individual's monthly wages, based on highest annual earnings from the prior three years, up to a capped monthly amount, and would be indexed to the national average wage index. If a person takes the maximum number of days, the benefits would range from a minimum benefit of $580 to a maximum benefit of $4,000 per month in the program's first year. To be eligible for benefits, an individual is required to (i) be insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time his application is filed; (ii) have earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing the application; (iii) have filed an application for a FMLI benefit; and (iv) have been engaged in qualified caregiving, or anticipate being so engaged, during the 90-day period before the application is filed or within 30 days thereafter. The measure establishes the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund and requires FMLI benefit payments to be made only from this Fund. A tax of 0.2 percent is imposed on the wages received by every individual, and an excise tax of 0.2 percent of the wages paid in any calendar year by the employer with respect to their employment is imposed on employers. The measure has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/01/2020Committee
01/01/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101001D
01/01/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB328)
02/11/2020Left in Appropriations

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