Montana Task Force Explores Paid Family, Medical Leave For State’s Workers

Wednesday, June 29th 2016
Missoula Currents

It’s almost guaranteed that a Montana worker will have to step away from the job to care for an aging parent or give birth to a child. Many employees will fall seriously ill and need time to recover.

Under all three scenarios, most Montana workers will have to do so without pay.

On Wednesday, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force gathered in Missoula to examine the results of a two-year study conducted by the Montana Budget and Policy Center.

The report, “Helping People Balance Work and Family,” found that a paid leave program would enable roughly 445,000 working Montanans to take time off after the birth of a child, care for a seriously ill family member or recover from serious illness, and do so with pay.

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