Millett’s earned paid time off bill receives unanimous support in initial Senate votes

Posted: May 07, 2019 | Labor and Housing, Senator Millett

AUGUSTA— The Maine Senate unanimously approved legislation from Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, that would create a statewide earned paid time off policy, in an initial vote on Tuesday.

As amended, LD 369, “An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave” would require companies with more than 10 employees to offer earned paid time off.

“Earned paid time off benefits workers, families, seniors and businesses. It allows parents and workers to take time off to care for a sick child, take their aging parent to a doctor’s appointment or deal with an emergency if their pipes burst or they get a flat tire,” said Sen. Millett. “I’m really proud of all the work we put into this bill to find common ground and develop a policy that benefits thousands of Maine workers in communities all across the state.”

This proposal provides earned paid time off to 85 percent of all Maine workers while exempting more than 40,000 of Maine’s 50,792 businesses.

LD 369 received strong bipartisan support in the Legislature’s Labor and Housing committee. It will now go to the House for additional votes before returning to the Senate for enactment.