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State democrats propose bill to allow workers more paid time off

MADISON (WKOW) — A proposed bill in the Wisconsin legislature would allow workers more paid time off under certain circumstances.

The Wisconsin Family Medical Leave Insurance Act was announced Tuesday by Democrats at the State Capitol.

The bill would allow up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, treat a personal illness, or to care for a sick or aging family member.

The program would not cost employers. Each employee would pay for it themselves by contributing part of their paycheck into a trust fund.

One of the bill’s authors says many people have found themselves in situations where the fund would be beneficial.

“I’ve talked in the past about my own experience, when my son broke his leg and I had to stay home with him for several months. It definitely has a financial impact on families,” said State Senator Janice Ringhand (D-Evansville).

This is the third time the proposal has been introduced by Democrats. It has failed to gain bipartisan support in the past.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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