Renewed Call for Federal Paid Leave on the Heels of the FMLA’s 24th Anniversary
As advocates, paid leave supporters and members of Congress celebrated the 24th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) this week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) renewed their call for a strong federal paid family and medical leave program by reintroducing the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. Below is a sampling of this week’s efforts to recognize the FMLA and call for a comprehensive and affordable paid leave program like the FAMILY Act.
FAMILY Act Reintroduction
Thanks to the dedication and diligence of Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. DeLauro, and many National Work and Family Coalition partners (nearly 50 went on the record in support of the bill), the FAMILY Act was introduced with more than 130 congressional co-sponsors — a record number. This is a testament to continued and growing support for the bill.
Select Press Statements from Members of Congress
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.): Senator Gillibrand Leads Group Of 27 Senators To Reintroduce FAMILY Act
- Rep. DeLauro (Conn.): https://delauro.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/delauro-leads-more-100-house-democrats-reintroducing-family-act
- Sen. Dick Durbin: Durbin Joins Group Of 27 Senators To Reintroduce Family Act
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.): Heitkamp Helps Reintroduce Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill to Promote Working Families & Small Businesses
- Sen. Ed Markey: Markey Joins Senator Gillibrand, Senators to Reintroduce FAMILY Act
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii — 2): Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Working Families Deserve Paid Family and Medical Leave
- Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (Conn. — 3): Kuster Backs Legislation to Promote Paid Family Leave
- Sen. Chris Van Hollen: Van Hollen, Gillibrand Introduce FAMILY Act to Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
Select Press Statements from Advocates and Partners
- American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC): Businesses Support Introduction of National Paid Leave Proposal
- CLASP: FAMILY Act Proposes National Paid Family and Medical Leave
- Family Values @ Work: Senators Gillibrand and DeLauro Re-Introduce FAMILY Act
- MomsRising: Moms Group Calls on Congress to Pass the FAMILY Act Now
- National Partnership for Women & Families: The FAMILY Act is the ‘Affordable, Comprehensive Paid Leave Plan the Nation Has Long Needed,’ Women’s Leader Says
- Pediatric Policy Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics: Major Pediatric Associations Call for Congressional Action on Paid Leave
#FMLA24 and the Call for Paid Leave
On Feb. 7, members of Congress and advocates used #FMLA24 to commemorate the positive impact of the FMLA and call for the next step: paid family and medical leave. Hundreds participated, reaching millions of Twitter users.
Select Blog Posts from Paid Leave Supporters and Advocates
- 9to5, National Association for Working Women: We Need Paid Leave NOW — and Not Just for Maternity
- A Better Balance: Put Families First: Federal Paid Leave Program is a Win-Win
- The Arc: Celebrating 24 Years of the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Babble: Forget Maternity Leave — We Need to Start Talking About Paid Family Leave
- California Work & Family Coalition: This Week: 24th Anniversary of FMLA, EDD’s “Moment’s Matter” PFL Media Campaign, and the Reintroduction of the FAMILY Act
- Common Sense Kids Action: Paid Leave for All Families: It’s Personal
- Family Values @ Work: Carrying on the Fight for Family Leave
- Human Rights Campaign: HRC Endorses the FAMILY Act
- Human Rights Watch: Paid Family Leave Matters — For All Workers
- Innovation Ohio: 24 years later, it’s time for the next step beyond the FMLA: paid leave
- Jackson Lewis: Is Federal Paid FMLA Any Closer to Reality?
- LeaveLogic: Can Public Schools Pave the Way for Paid Family Leave?
- Main Street Alliance: New Report: Small Business Owners Support Paid Family Leave, FAMILY Act
- Make It Work: What a Room Full of Rich White Guys Might Not Understand About What Families Need
- Métier: Why the FAMILY Act is Necessary
- Mom.Me: Real Plan For Paid Family Leave For All Is In the Works
- National Hispanic Council on Aging: Paid Family Leave: The struggle continues!
- National Partnership for Women & Families: Paid Leave Shouldn’t Be a Laughing Matter
- Science Blogs: Reintroducing the FAMILY Act: Leave that works for working families
- Thomas Reuters Foundation: Lawmakers propose paid family leave for workers in U.S.
- Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Why the United States still needs paid family and medical leave
- Work. Wine. Kids.: It’s Time for National Paid Family Leave. Not Maternity Leave, Family Leave.