FMLA employer incentives included in Senate tax bill

The Senate’s new tax reform plan includes incentives for employers who offer paid leave to their employees.  The provisions are similar those set forth in U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s paid leave proposal, The Strong Families Act.  As described in a post on Senator Fisher’s website, the provisions would provide employers with a tax credit of up to 25% of the wages they pay when workers take time off to deal with personal or family medical issues.  The proposal would apply only to workers earning $72,000 per year or less, and would be in effect for 2 years.  The Washington Post reported that although similar language is not included in the House version of the tax bill, the idea has supporters in the House.  Senator Fisher pledged to work to ensure that the provisions make it into the final version of the bill.




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