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Ohio Lawmakers Try Again for Paid Employee Leave

May 12, 2016

In April, Ohio House Democrats introduced House Bill 511 which, if passed, would require Ohio employers to offer 12 weeks of paid family leave to eligible workers. The bill would establish a “family and medical leave insurance program” to be administered by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Eligible employees would have the option to pay into the program.

To be eligible, an employee would have to work for at least 680 hours and pay a premium into the program for at least one year before receiving benefits. Paid leave would be available for such circumstances as dealing with the employee’s own serious health condition, caring for a family member with a serious health condition, or bonding with a new child.  The amount of pay available would vary, depending upon the worker’s earnings level, but would top out at $1,000 per week.

If the bill is enacted, the new program would be slated to go into effect in 2020. Day Ketterer’s employment attorneys are continuing to track the progress of the proposed legislation.

For more information, contact Robert J. McBride or your Day Ketterer attorney at 330-455-0173 or

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