Briggs introduces legislation to establish Paid Family Leave Act

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Tim Briggs joined fellow legislators and labor leaders Tuesday to announce a package of legislation aimed at strengthening worker rights, including Briggs’ bill to establish a Paid Family Leave Act in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 625, introduced by Briggs, would allow eligible employees up to 12 weeks leave at full pay, counted against the federal Family and Medical Leave Act leave for which they are entitled.

“The birth or adoption of a child is a joyous time, and we know that it’s beneficial for the child and the parents to have time together. Federal law provides for unpaid leave, but going 12 weeks without pay is unrealistic for many families,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “Working parents should be able to start families without worrying about their next paycheck. My legislation would support workers by relieving some burden as they focus on their families.”

Briggs’ legislation is included in the Workers’ Bill of Rights package of bills, announced Tuesday, that would strengthen workers’ rights. Bills in the package include measures to raise the minimum wage, strengthen collective bargaining, modernize Pennsylvania’s Equal Pay law and more.

More information about the package is available here.