Support Paid Family and Medical Leave

On February 5, we celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), our country's only law designed to help working people balance work and family. Yet FMLA leaves out 40 percent of the workforce, and it provides workers with only unpaid leave to care for themselves or an ill family member, which millions of workers cannot afford to take.

That's why AAUW supports the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), which would create a national insurance program funded by employee and employer contributions.

The FAMILY Act would provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for situations such as their own serious illness, the serious illness of a child, parent or spouse (including a domestic partner), and the birth or adoption of a child. This program would be funded by employee and employer contributions that would amount to less than $1.50 per week for the average worker, or two cents for every $10 of an employee's salary.

Across the country, people are working hard to make ends meet and provide for their families, yet the nation fails to provide the support people need to manage job and family and the support businesses need to maintain healthy and productive workplaces. The FAMILY Act would strengthen the economic security of working people, their families, and businesses – and when individuals, families, and businesses are secure, our economy as a whole benefits.

The FAMILY Act would recognize the hard work of workers across the country and bring our employment laws more in line with the needs of the 21st century workforce and the rest of the world. Urge your representative to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act today!

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