State Senator Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) and Representative Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis) want to create a family and medical leave program that would allow up to six weeks of earned leave time annually.

McCreery and Schupp

Rep. Tracy McCreery and Sen. Jill Schupp

“Whether it’s having a child, adopting a baby, bringing in a foster child to your home, reasons that parents need to stay home with their children,” said Schupp.

“If someone becomes ill. We are living so much longer, and oftentimes we need to help our parents or grandparents during their time of need. So, for good cause and good reason.”

Employees would be required to give annually to the fund – approximately $125 for someone making $50,000 a year.

“We really see this earned leave benefit as something that helps not only the working people of the state of Missouri, but also the employers. We see it as a win-win for everyone,” said Schupp.

A person would have to work for an employer for one year before being able to use the leave time.