Bookmark this page on your mobile

QR Code image

What is this?

Daily Court Reporter - News Mandatory paid leave proposed for Ohio workers


Mandatory paid leave proposed for Ohio workers

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

A Democrat plan in the Ohio House of Representatives calls for 12 weeks paid maternity or paternity leave, medical care for an individual and care of a child, parent or spouse with a serious medical condition.

Capped at $1,000 per week, the amount employees would receive would be based on their earnings, Columbus Rep. Kristin Boggs said during testimony before members of the Insurance Committee.

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, filed as House Bill 91, will send a message across the country that Ohio is a place you can work and take care your family, the lawmaker and joint sponsor of the measure added.

"The reality is that 100 percent of Ohio's workforce needs leave at some point," Boggs said. "Ohio's businesses are dealing with this issue every day.

"This legislation creates the framework to provide our workforce compensation and security to deal with the inevitable realities that we all face in life."

Eligibility begins after an individual has worked 680 hours during the past year, regardless of employer, the plan detailed.

Any eligible Ohio worker would be entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new baby, care for a child, parent, or spouse with a serious medical condition or care for himself if he suffers from a serious medical condition.

Ohio Job and Family Services would administer the program, Boggs said.

"The cost of the program will be determined by ODJFS," she continued. "The director of ODJFS will be charged with completing an actuarial study to determine the premium amounts sufficiently necessary to fund the program.

"Program benefits will be paid by assessing premiums on employees - we do not know exactly how much these premiums will be, but in other states that passed paid leave workers pay $1-$2 per week.

The lawmaker said she believes the cost of such a program would be offset significantly by the economic benefits.

"The (U.S.) Department of Labor estimates that paid family leave would add $500 billion the economy," Boggs said.

More than 75 percent of people who take a leave of absence from work in the US, do so to care for a seriously ill, injured, elderly or disabled loved one; his or her own serious personal injury, illness or disability, or to address the deployment or injury of a military service member in their family, Cleveland Heights Rep. Janine Boyd noted to her peers.

"One in six Americans provide unpaid care for an aging or chronically ill parent, or a person with disabilities," Boyd continued. "Seventy percent of people caring for their parents are more likely to fall into poverty due to their dual roles."

Pressure on the nation's workforce is exerted further by the number of Baby Boomers aging out of employment and by an ongoing opioid-addiction problem that wrecks nearly 5,000 families a year.

"That leaves children in need of care, whether it's kinship, adoption, or foster care," Boyd said. "This policy is a solution to help these newly formed families come together and adjust to their new environment without the economic anxieties of taking unpaid time off work.

"And, honestly, we can not discuss maternal and infant mortality as a legislative priority, without discussing legislation like HB 91, and the lifesaving chance it can give to working pregnant women who require amended work hours or bedrest, more frequent doctor visits, for their health and the health of their pregnancy."

The bill's sponsors noted Gov. Mike DeWine's commitments to improving support of the state's youngest constituents.

"My district has more college students than any other district in Ohio - over 50 percent of my constituents are under the age of 50," Boggs said. "They are the caregivers.

"This bill will help prevent them from leaving and starting families elsewhere, and it will help our business community attract talent away from other states."

The bill, which had not been scheduled a second hearing at time of publication, enjoys overwhelming support among House Democrats.

Date Published: May 27, 2019


Copyright © 2019 The Daily Reporter - All Rights Reserved


Convicted felon sentenced to 42 months in prison for illegal gun possession

DAYTON – Christopher Watson, 29, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 42 months in prison followed by three years of court supervision for illegally possessing a firearm.

Crafted in Cincinnati, Ohio: Brewmania announced for October

CINCINNATI, OHIO --- BREWMANIA, a brand new three-day event crafted in Cincinnati, Ohio will be a celebration of the Queen City’s craft beer industry and take place October 1-3, 2019. BREWMANIA will take place at various locations throughout Cincinnati as outlined and explained below, for a full list of participating locations please visit: Also, attendees of Brandemonium will be able to access Brewmania at no charge.

Supreme Court of Ohio considers declaring an end to “free bite” rule for dogs

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 8th, heard four oral arguments, including one from the city of Cincinnati disputing an interpretation of state law that contends a dog must be designated “dangerous” through a formal process before a local government can seek restitution from a dog owner whose dog has bitten or injured a person or another animal.

ODNR provides more than $297,500 to help support Ohio rural fire departments

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry strives to support Ohio’s rural fire departments and the communities they serve. Through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program, the Division of Forestry recently approved grant funding for 52 projects totaling $297,520 for fire departments in rural parts of eastern and southern Ohio. The protection of life, property and forest resources provided by cooperating fire departments is important to all Ohioans.

Refund checks coming to tech support scam victims

A dozen Ohioans who fell victim to a widespread tech support scam will soon receive refunds totaling more than $5,000, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and the Federal Trade Commission announced recently.

DeWine, Husted announce InnovateOhio platform

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of the InnovateOhio Platform, which will coordinate data and resources across state government to improve the way Ohio tackles our most challenging problems. It will also streamline technology service across agencies to give Ohio citizens and businesses a better experience when interacting with state government.

Judge cannot block Cleveland Fire Department’s shift-change order

The Ohio Supreme Court recently lifted a hold placed by a Cuyahoga County judge on the Cleveland Fire Department’s move to change the starting time of its 24-hour shifts.

ODNR Reminds Ohioans to leave young wildlife in the wild

The spring season has arrived, offering many opportunities for Ohioans to help protect young wildlife. Each year, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife offers this simple advice: enjoy wildlife from a distance and leave young animals alone. Wild animals are born to live their lives in the wild, and sometimes good intentions can hurt their chances of survival.

Glass company owner pleads guilty to not paying employment taxes

Also admitted filing false tax returns and failing to file returns

Second version of Ohio Constitution has changed little since its creation

Minus some Progressive reforms added in the early 20th century, the second iteration of the Ohio Constitution remains the fundamental law today.

Current city official, former Dayton City Commissioner among those charged with fraud

DAYTON – A federal grand jury here has returned indictments against a former Dayton city commissioner, a current city official and two Dayton businessmen, charging them with fraud and public corruption.

Current City Official, Former Dayton City Commissioner among those charged with fraud

A federal grand jury here has returned indictments against a former Dayton city commissioner, a current city official and two Dayton businessmen, charging them with fraud and public corruption.

Women's suffrage movement was widespread in Ohio

The Ohio Woman Suffrage Association helped unified the movement to support women's right to vote in the 19th Century and early 20th century.

Medicaid project manager fired, reprimanded for soliciting employment with vendor

A state Medicaid worker who sought employment for both himself and his wife from a vendor faulted insufficient ethics violation notices posted in the workplace when approached by investigators, a new Ohio Inspector General's report detailed.

Woman uses fledgling technology training program to jump start her new career

After losing her hospital job more than a year ago, Adrianne Clark started the next chapter of her technology career recently at Huntington National Bank after completing three months of technical training through the Apprenti program.

Supreme Court of Ohio considers if father paid enough child support to contest stepfather's adoption of son

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 7th, heard four oral arguments, including one asking how much material support a father has to provide his child to be allowed to contest the adoption of that child by a step-parent.

Northwest Territory's first state, Ohio embodied young nation's best traits at admission

More than one historian has proclaimed Ohio the first truly American state, in part because it was created from the first organized territory of the relatively new United States of America.

House bill calls for infrastructure study for electric vehicles

A Democrat plan in the Ohio House of Representatives would create an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Study tasked with setting statewide electric vehicle infrastructure standards to encourage investment and economic growth.

AG Yost announces student design contest for ‘Stop Bullying’ license plates

Ohioans will soon have an option to spread the “Stop Bullying” message on license plates, and an Ohio child will be the artist responsible for the design.

Two Canadian men indicted for selling opioids over the Internet and shipping the drugs to Ohio

Two Canadian men were indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to sell carfentanil, fentanyl, heroin and other drugs over the Internet and ship the drugs to locations in Europe, Canada and the United States, including Northern Ohio.