Support Paid Leave for All Families
The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that does not guarantee some type of paid leave for all working people.
The opportunity to enact long-needed paid family and medical leave for all Americans has never been greater. Poll after poll shows widespread bipartisan support for paid family and medical leave for all Americans.
What you need to know:
- Only 14 percent of the workforce has paid family leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent has personal medical leave through an employer-provided short-term disability program.
- The first few months of life are crucial to a child's emotional and cognitive development. Paid leave enables more mothers to breastfeed longer and encourages more fathers to bond with their newborns or newly adopted children in those emotionally and educationally critical first few weeks and months.
- Women make up nearly half the American workforce, and more than 70 percent of working mothers have a child under the age of 18, including 62 percent of mothers with children under 3 years old. Meanwhile, fathers play an increasingly important role in the day-to-day care of their kids. Only 9 percent of men work for companies that offer paternity leave to all their male workers.
- Only four states plus the District of Columbia offer paid family and medical leave: California, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York. The FAMILY Act is modeled after those states' successful programs.
- Guarantees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, or seriously ill family member. For the cost of a cup of coffee a week, a national family leave fund would provide 66 percent wage replacement when family or medical leave is needed.
- Lifts the financial burden off working families so they will no longer be forced to choose between a paycheck and caring for a newborn or sick family member.
- Ensures greater opportunity for healthy emotional and cognitive development of children.
- Helps small businesses compete by enabling them to attract and retain a better workforce.
- Enhances meaningful financial security and fairness for working families.