Best states for paid family leave in U.S.

Posted: 12:21 PM, Apr 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-04 12:21:47-04
Best states for paid family leave in U.S.

Not all states have laws that give workers paid leave to take care of their loved ones. With Governor Cuomo signing into law a family paid leave bill, here's a look at other states that have similar legislation regarding paid family leave already in place. 

- It may not be a state, but the District of Columbia requires that a company with more than 20 employees must allow employees to take up to 16 weeks off over a two-year period. Also, women who have a pregnancy-related disability. Workers are eligible if they worked at a company for at least a year without taking a break. 

- New Jersey allows same sex couples to take 12 weeks off over a two-year period and gives up to six weeks in paid leave. 

- In California, pregnant women are given four months of leave to address health related issues. Workers are also given six weeks of family partial paid leave a year. That's if they contribute to the State Disability Insurance fund. 

- Hawaii mandates its employers provide partial paid leave to people to care for a new child or a sick family member, who have been working at a company for at least 14 weeks. 

- Washington was one of the first states in the country to sign into legislation a family paid leave law. Workers get partial pay and are eligible to receive up to $250 a week in benefits as long as they work at least 35 hours a week.