The plan calls for employees to receive partial wages while taking leave.
Covered reasons for use mirror many of the existing paid family and medical leave laws in the nation:
Recovering from an employee’s own illness
Bonding with a new child
Caring for a seriously ill loved one
Dealing with a loved one’s military deployment
Coping with sexual assault, stalking, or domestic violence
Taking time to deal with the death of a loved one
However, according to the White House, the 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave would be phased in and guaranteed “by year 10 of the program,” while ensuring employees get three days of bereavement leave each year starting the first year of the program.
It would give employees up to $4,000 per month, with a minimum of two-thirds of average weekly wages replaced, going up to 80 percent for the lowest wage employees.
The Biden administration anticipates the program will cost $225 billion over a decade, funded through higher taxes on top earners.
Meanwhile, Biden also urged Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act. Under the proposal, employers with 15 or more workers would be required to allow workers to accrue seven days paid sick leave per year.
It remains to be seen how the bill will be crafted and the process through which it is introduced (in a budget bill or through a standalone measure). Depending on the mechanism, passage could require a simple majority or 60 votes in the Senate, which could prove challenging for Biden and fellow Democrats.
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