Spotlight: Paid family leave

The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without national paid family and medical leave.

This gaping hole in our social safety net forces Americans to make an impossible choice — between caring for themselves, their families, or their community’s health, and a paycheck. The coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated this crisis. Millions of Americans — including more than two million women — have lost their jobs over the past year, putting an emphasis on how paid leave could have helped.

Since 2013, Kirsten has been the leader in the fight to pass the FAMILY Act, which would allow all workers in our country up to 12 weeks of paid leave for significant medical or life events — from caring for a newborn or newly adopted child to a sick family member.

This Off the Sidelines Spotlight digs into the FAMILY Act — how it works, why we need it, and why it is critical to our economic recovery.

Why do we need paid leave?

Aren’t there existing laws that deal with this? What about the Family and Medical Leave Act?

What does the FAMILY Act do? What makes it different?

So let’s get specific: How would the FAMILY Act make a difference?

That all sounds great…but how do you pay for it?

How do Americans feel about paid leave?

The Washington Post | Paid family and sick leave could expand for the first time in decades because of the pandemic

Now is our moment to pass the FAMILY Act — it’s how we shore up our economy and provide the caregivers in our families desperately needed support.

Here’s what you can do — right now — to help pass the FAMILY Act:



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