Minnesota House Democrats are pushing ahead with bills for paid family and medical leave, plus sick time for all Minnesota workers — measures that will meet resistance in the GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate. Duluth Democrat Liz Olson says employers would be required to provide a certain amount of “sick and safe time”:
“Your kid is sick, you have to stay home, you have a well-child visit — those types of things. They’re gonna be shorter instances — where paid family and medical leave is going to be the longer-term absences, like you adopt a child, someone in the family is at end-of-life, those types of things.”
Olson says family and medical leave would be paid out of a state fund that employers and employees would each contribute to. Republicans object that would put an additional burden on already-struggling employers and create another expensive state bureaucracy.