Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) laws are expanding in states across the country. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 guarantees eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave without the threat of losing their benefits or their job. But the FMLA’s protection is limited: it assures only unpaid leave, which many workers can’t afford, and applies only to businesses with 50 or more employees.
Hawaii Family Leave Law (HFLL) offers four-weeks of unpaid leave to workers at employers with 100 or more employees that have at least six months of consecutive employment. Hawaii’s Legislative Reference Bureau is tasked with studying Paid Family Leave. Its final report is due Nov. 13, 2019.
Hawaii’s Temporary Disability Insurance (HI TDI) requires employers provide Paid Leave for an employee’s own disability. HI TDI is not a state-run program. If we are your Leave administrator, we are tracking HFLL for employers. If Hawaii were to add a State Paid Family Leave as other states have done, we may or may not be the administrator, depending on how the law is written.
This is an ongoing series of updates on Paid Family and Medical Leave developments – so you can be prepared to fulfill all mandated requirements. This release features highlights for the state of Hawaii.
With a few exceptions, all employers are required to provide HI Temporary Disability Insurance.
Here’s what you need to know about HFLL and HI TDI.