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North Dakota Democrats Make a Cheap, Ugly Argument About Paid Family Leave

North Dakota Democrats Make a Cheap, Ugly Argument About Paid Family Leave

Over the past couple of weeks the North Dakota Democrats have been trying to turn a (very good) report about pay for absent lawmakers from Bismarck Tribune journalist Jack Dura into a talking point about mandating paid family leave. I understand the argument, and believe Democratic leaders such as Senator Erin Oban (D-Bismarck) and Rep.

House Majority Leader Rep. Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, left, and Minority Leader Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Legislature Doesn’t Set Family Leave Policy for Private Businesses and That’s a Good Thing

Recently┬áBismarck Tribune reporter Jack Dura had a very good report about the amount of pay approved for lawmakers who miss days during the legislative session. As I wrote previously, the amount paid really wasn’t very much, and most of the leave was for perfectly reasonable things like illness and, in one instance, a pregnancy. It’s

Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, supports House Bill 1509 at a hearing in front of the Industry Business & Labor committee on Monday afternoon, Jan. 28. The bill deals with paid family leave for government employees and employees of large businesses. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Proposed Family Leave Program Is Basically Corporate Welfare

Before I make my argument, I should acknowledge that the business community in North Dakota has come out in opposition to HB1509. That proposal, introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), would create a mandatory family leave program for employers with 50 or more employees. It would be administered by Workforce Safety and Insurance

ND State Capitol (Korrie Wenzel/Forum News Service)

Bill Would Create Mandatory Family Leave Program for Some North Dakota Employers

If a bill introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo) passes, an employer in North Dakota with 50 or more employees would be required to participate in a “family medical leave” program which would give employees 66 percent of their pay (capped at $4,000 per month) for up to twelve weeks. The bill is