National Partnership for Women & Families

Advancing a Family Friendly America: How Family Friendly Is Your State?

Use the map below to learn about state-level family friendly laws and proposals that expand upon current federal law.*

Hover your mouse over any state to see whether that state has existing or pending family friendly legislation. Click on any state for more information.

Orange shading represents existing legislation. Orange shading represents existing legislation.
Capitol building represents pending legislation. Capitol building represents pending legislation.

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* The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for family caregiving, to address their own serious medical issue, or to address family needs arising from the deployment of a service member. Family members caring for a wounded service member may take up to 26 of weeks leave. However, as a result of eligibility requirements, only about half the workforce can take federal FMLA leave. The FMLA applies only to employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius. Workers must have at least one year of job tenure and must have worked at least 1250 hours within the past year to qualify. Read more

The 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from using pregnancy as a barrier to job opportunity. According to the law, workers cannot be fired, denied a promotion, demoted or forced to stop working because they are or might become pregnant, and employers cannot refuse to hire someone because they are or may become pregnant. Unlike many state laws, the federal law does not provide any pregnancy disability leave rights. Read more

The 2010 health reform law amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide hourly (“non-exempt”) workers the right to reasonable break time and a private place to express breast milk at work. Read more

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