Adoption Equity/Nondiscrimination Act
H.B. 5261(substituted version) passed on the House floor on December 13, 2007 (101-7). It is now in the Senate chamber.
This bill requires employers who provide leave with pay for an employee after the birth of a child, also provide the same benefit for an employee who adopts a child up to five years of age at the time of placement.
H.B. 5261 was introduced on September 24, 2007. Testimony was heard before the House Committee on Families and Children's Services on 12/05/07. On 12/12/07 H.B. 5261 was substituted and reported out with a vote of 6-0 with 2 legislators abstaining. The recommendation was to expand the benefit from those who had a child placed at birth, to a child placed up to 5 years of age.
It is well recognized and prudent for employers to provide support for families who are in the process of having children. It is critical for the developing baby to bond with his/her mother/father during the first weeks of infancy both physically and emotionally. It is equally important for an adoptive mother/father to have the same time to bond with their newest family member. This legislation will provide the framework for employers to adequately cover their employee's family benefits.