Paid Family Leave Under Debate

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Bills to require paid family medical and sick leave in Nebraska are drawing support from worker-advocacy groups and opposition from business organizations, but no action is likely this year.

One bill by Sen. Annette Dubas would provide up to six consecutive weeks of paid family leave to care for a newborn, or an adopted or foster child. Another by Sen. Danielle Conrad would require certain employers to offer paid sick leave to full-time employees. Both were presented Monday to the Legislature's Business and Labor Committee.

The proposals are unlikely to advance because they weren't designated as priority bills, and the session is more than halfway finished. Dubas says she hopes to work with groups to keep the issue alive for lawmakers next year.

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