New legislation, the Family Medical Insurance Leave Act (the FAMILY Act) is being introduced in the House today!
Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), the FAMILY Act would ensure people have some income during family or medical leave.
The FAMILY Act would:
- Provide workers with up to 12 weeks of partial income when they take time for their own serious health condition, including pregnancy and childbirth recovery; the serious health condition of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner; the birth or adoption of a child; and/or for particular military caregiving and leave purposes.
- Enable workers to earn 66 percent of their monthly wages, up to a capped amount.
- Cover workers in all companies, no matter their size. Younger, part-time, lower-wage and contingent workers would be eligible for benefits.
- Be funded by small employee and employer payroll contributions of two-tenths of one percent each (two cents per $10 in wages), or about $1.50 per week for a typical worker.
- Be administered through a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration.
Click to download a family-act-fact-sheet and for additional information on this legislation and other resources related to paid leave, check out the National Partnerships for Women and Family website.
The For Our Babies campaign recognizes paid parental leave as an essential way to help babies get a strong start. If you haven’t signed our pledge, please do so now! We need everyone’s help to make a really loud cry on behalf of babies!
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