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State Paid Family Leave Laws Across the U.S.

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This page was last updated May 18, 2022.

Eleven states and the District of Columbia have enacted paid family leave (PFL) programs. These programs are active in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, the District of Columbia, and Connecticut, while the programs in Oregon, Colorado, Maryland, and Delaware have yet to go into effect.

Most states at this point have adopted or considered paid family leave. In at least two states—New Hampshire and Vermont—paid family leave passed the legislature only to be vetoed by the governor. In New Hampshire, a voluntary program will take effect in January 2023. Other states are currently considering legislation that would provide paid family leave only for government employees. In 2021, North Dakota passed legislation banning cities and counties from enacting local paid family leave legislation.

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees most workers at companies with at least 50 employees access to unpaid, job-protected parental, family caregiver, personal medical, and military exigency leave. Some states expanded job protection as part of their PFL program while others left job protection for leave-takers as it is under FMLA. For a full list of state-level job protection laws, see the State Family and Medical Leave and Job-Protection Laws explainer.

The map below shows the status of state-level PFL policies and programs, and the table outlines the basic features of the PFL programs that have been enacted.

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Status of PFL Laws

  • States with no PFL legislation introduced
  • PFL legislation introduced
  • States with PFL laws, but programs are not yet active
  • States with active PFL programs
WA OR CA ID NV WY WV WI VT VA UT TX TN SD SC RI PA OK OH NM NY NJ NH NE ND NC MT MS MO MN MI ME MD MA LA KY KS IN IL IA HI GA FL DE CT CO AZ AR AL AK DC
  • States with no PFL legislation introduced
  • PFL legislation introduced
  • States with PFL laws, but programs are not yet active
  • States with active PFL programs
Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Delaware
Florida
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Texas
Utah
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
South Dakota
Alabama
Arizona
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
Connecticut
Oregon
Colorado
California
New Jersey
Rhode Island
New York
District Of Columbia
Washington
Massachusetts
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Features of State PFL Programs

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