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Tennessee to grant state workers 12 weeks' paid family leave

January 10, 2020 / Lisa Burden

Tennessee will provide paid family leave to its state employees starting March 1, Gov. Bill Lee has announced. The governor signed an executive order on Jan. 7 granting the popular benefit. Qualifying events will be consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), according to the Governor's office. The requirement does not apply to private businesses. It appears paid family leave is gaining traction in several ways. Last month, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act that includes a provision that grants federal workers the right to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or placement of a child. Some jurisdictions have gone even further and put into place leave for any reason. Earlier this year, Maine passed a law mandating paid leave for any purpose; the law takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. Workers in Maine will be entitled to one hour of paid leave to be used as they see fit from a single employer for every 40 hours worked.