The Small Business Ecosystem Group, an industry group representing businesses including Etsy, Pinterest, Eventbrite, Patreon, and others, penned a letter to Congress requesting the opportunity to provide insight in future discussions on the crafting of a national paid leave proposal.
Paid leave in the spotlight.
The Biden administration has signaled its willingness to engage in legislative action to implement a national paid sick leave or national paid Family Medical Leave Act provision, both in the State of the Union address and fiscal year 2024 budget. With the number of states offering various forms of paid leave expanding, small and medium businesses, as well as self-employed individuals, are keeping a keen eye on the impacts any proposed legislation may have on their business practices and balance sheets.
Bipartisan support for paid leave.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have demonstrated interest in moving forward with some form of paid leave proposal, and proposed legislation in both the House and Senate would provide paid family and medical leave for federal employees. Other proposals would provide a specified number of paid sick days, and also bar retaliatory practices on the part of employers for workers taking paid leave for absences stemming from illness, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other reasons.
This is a developing story, Payroll on Checkpoint will provide updates as they emerge.
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