Rubio proposes employer tax credit for paid family leave

Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. walks across the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday before Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress.

MIAMI — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants employers to get a tax credit if they offer employees paid family leave.

The Florida senator will introduce his plan Friday when he speaks in Washington at an annual gathering of social conservatives, the Values Voter Summit.

Under his proposal, Rubio would give businesses a 25 percent tax credit for providing at least four weeks of paid family leave. It would be limited to 12 weeks of leave and $4,000 per employee.

Federal law allows workers to up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off without losing their jobs to recover from illness or care for a new child or sick family member.