Gov. Janet Mills signed into law LD 1559, “Resolve, To Create the Commission To Develop a Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Program." The legislation, introduced by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Mattie Daughtry, establishes a commission to create a plan for implementing a paid family and medical leave program in Maine after studying similar programs in other states. The commission will be made up of experts and everyday Mainers, including veterans, parents, and small business owners.
“The COVID-19 pandemic made clear just how crucial it is that every single person can take the time off they need without risking a paycheck or their job,” said Evan LeBrun, Executive Director of Mainers For Working Families. “This bill creates the opportunity for Maine to develop a tailor-made Paid Family and Medical Leave program that’s right for our families, small businesses, and communities across the state.”
Maine will join nine other states and the District of Columbia in providing paid family and medical leave. The commission’s legislation will ensure that no Mainer will need to choose between a paycheck or taking care of themselves or their loved ones.
Mainers for Working Families applauds Sen. Mattie Daughtry, Gov. Janet Mills, and our representatives in Augusta for their leadership and commitment to improving the lives of working Mainers.