Today’s Puget Sound Business Journal editorial urges state lawmakers to “find a way to pay for parental leave” and supports an employee-funded approach to pay for it, noting that:
The original idea was to let workers take paid time off to care for sick family members or a newborn or to recover from a disability. Workers would pay the cost. Through a 2-cent-per-hour tax on their wages – or half the price of a medium drip coffee at Tully’s every week – they would receive $250 a week for up to five weeks of time off.
We believe an employee-funded solution is the right approach, and are encouraged at what appear to be moves toward compromise.