MINOT, N.D. — A mandate for paid family leave has been something of a hobby horse for North Dakota Democrats.
So it isn’t the least bit surprising that Democrats would trot out a new iteration of their proposed mandate tailored to take maximum political advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rep. Karla Rose Hanson of Fargo, and Sen. Erin Oban of Bismarck, released details of what they’re calling the North Dakota Emergency Paid Leave Fund.
The concept mirrors Hanson’s 2019 legislation, which would have created a leave fund for businesses with more than 50 employees funded by a business tax. This iteration is designed to target people affected by the COVID-19 virus.