Paid family leave isn’t a new fight. Here’s a century’s worth of attempts to get something passed.

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2002: California becomes the first state to offer paid family leave, covering up to eight weeks of payments. Payments are about 60 to 70 percent of weekly wages earned five to 18 months before the claim date. Leave is possible for those needing time related to serious illness, child bonding or a relative’s military deployment. The state’s paid family leave covers payments, but not job protection — but that is covered by other laws, such as FMLA. This was followed by similar provisions in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington state and D.C. (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York do offer additional job protection.)



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