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The Maine Women's Lobby is dedicated to legislative action on behalf of Maine women and girls. Since our formation in 1978, we have held true to the vision that women and girls should have economic security, access to health care, and freedom from violence and discrimination.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Maine's Family Care Act: Empowering Maine People with Time Off to Care for Families

This Spring, the Maine Women's Lobby successfully helped pass Maine's Family Care Act allowing full-time employees to use their paid sick leave or vacation time to care either for themselves or for an ill family member without being penalized by their employer. The bill was sponsored by Senate President, Beth Edmonds.

Beginning September 17, 2005, many Maine businesses are now required to extend to their employees the flexibility to use up to 40 hours of already-earned sick or vacation time to care for a child, parent, or spouse. It does not affect those who lack sick leave to begin with. This law will apply to businesses with 25 or more employees. The intent is simple: to enable families to take care of their dependents without the risk of losing their jobs.

Does your employer fall into this category? If so, it's a good time to check if your personnel policy has been updated, or to remind your HR department to do so. If you would like more information on Maine's Family Care Law, please email


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