Paid Family Leave for Utah Employees Will Get Closer Look in Interim

Media Statement
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2016
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 |
Paid Family Leave Bill Sent For Further Study

Salt Lake City - House Bill 188 - Paid Family Leave was sent to interim for further study. The move will allow questions about how the state can continue to pay salaries for employees taking family leave to be answered. The sponsor, Representative Angela Romero, plans to work on the bill in interim and bring it back for the 2017 legislative session.

She said, “This is a step in the right direction. If we really are putting families first in Utah, the state as an employer should be working hard to provide proven methods of support and employee retention. There are many unique and creative ways to pay for family leave. We can parse those out and decide as a state which is best for Utah, and Utah families. I look forward to continuing my work on this.”