Washington, D.C. — Today, Gov. Tim Walz (D-MN) signed into law landmark paid family and medical leave legislation, becoming the 12th state to pass such a law. Molly Weston Williamson, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:
Today’s legislation makes Minnesota the new “North Star” standard for paid family and medical leave legislation across the country. This landmark law will guarantee nearly all Minnesota workers the time they need to recover from a serious illness or injury, care for a loved one, deal with domestic violence or military deployment, or bond with a new child. It puts money in Minnesotans’ pockets while they are on leave and guarantees workers a job to come back to when they are ready. Through their dedication and leadership, Gov. Tim Walz, legislative champions such as state Sen. Alice Mann (D) and state Rep. Ruth Richardson (D), and the Minnesotans for Paid Family and Medical Leave coalition have brought paid family and medical leave to the heartland so that all Minnesotans thrive.
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