Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the United States took a major step toward becoming more family friendly.
But the FMLA was only meant to be a first step. The sad reality is:
- 40% of workers aren't covered by the FMLA.
- Millions can't afford to take unpaid leave when new children are born or serious illnesses arise.
- The U.S. is one of four countries that doesn't provide paid maternity leave.
This must change. Now.
More lawmakers are recognizing that family friendly policies are essential to families' economic security and the success of businesses and our nation's economy.
The American public recognizes this too. Polls show a majority of Americans say they struggle to manage work and family obligations - and 86% say Congress should consider new laws to help.
That's why it is time for members of Congress to make paid leave a top priority.
Yes, count me in! It's time that our nation's policies reflect 21st century work and family dynamics. It's time to support paid leave! Congress: Let's move our nation forward by ensuring that more people can take job-protected leave when they need it and by advancing the paid family and medical leave that millions need.
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