TASK FORCE TO STUDY FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE INSURANCE

Brian J. Feldman, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)
Ariana B. Kelly, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)


[photo, Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle (from College Ave.), Annapolis, Maryland] Appointed by Senate President: Brian J. Feldman

Appointed by House Speaker: Ariana B. Kelly

Appointed by Senate President & House Speaker: Cindy Carter; Sarah H. Fink; Jeffrey Hayes; Clinton Macsherry; Ruth Martin; Cleo M. Stamatos; Edward Steinberg; DeLinda H. Washington; Caryn C. M. Aslan York.

Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle (from College Ave.), Annapolis, Maryland, December 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Ex officio: Bernadette T. Benik, designee of Comptroller of Maryland; Sarah F. Dufresne, designee of State Treasurer; Matthew S. Helminiak, Commissioner of Labor & Industry; Judith Vaughan-Prather, Executive Director, Maryland Commission for Women.

Staff: Laura H. Atas; Heather N. Ruby; David A. Smulski.

c/o Dept. of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5350, (410) 946-5510
e-mail: laura.atas@mlis.state.md.us


Report to General Assembly due Dec. 1, 2017 (Chapter 678, Acts of 2016).

In June 2016, the Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance was created (Chapter 678, Acts of 2016).

First, the Task Force is to study existing family and medical leave insurance programs in other states and the District of Columbia; review the 2016 studies on family and medical leave implementation done by Minnesota, Connecticut, and Montgomery County, Maryland; and review the final report of the Task Force to Study Temporary Disability Insurance Programs and the Process for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities at Local Departments of Social Services.

Next, public testimony will be heard by the Task Force, and then the Task Force will make recommendations for development of a State social insurance program to provide short-term benefits to eligible employees who lose wages due to nonwork-related illness or injury; pregnancy or childbirth; caregiving for seriously ill family member; and other specified causes. Also, the Task Force will recommend a design for such an insurance pool, including tax rates and benefits.

The Task Force consists of fifteen members. One is appointed by the Senate President, one by the House Speaker, and nine are appointed jointly by the President and Speaker, who also jointly select the co-chairs. Four members serve ex officio.

Authorization for the Task Force ends June 30, 2018.

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