Dear U.S. Senator,
When nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within 10 days of giving birth and 1 in 5 retirees leave the workforce earlier than planned to care for an ill spouse or another family member...we have a problem. Right now only 15% of all workers have access to paid family leave through their employer and that means that many families end up cobbling together vacation time and sick days to cover time away from work for caregiving and then cross their fingers that nothing goes wrong.
That is a big problem for the health of our families and the health of our economy. We need real solutions. Solutions like the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (S.337) which is a national paid family and medical leave policy that checks ALL the boxes: It is ACCESSIBLE to all workers, offers a MEANINGFUL length of leave, is AFFORDABLE for workers, employers, and the government, and INCLUSIVE in defining family.
What we do not need is to ask new parents to jeopardize their future retirement security for parental leave today OR to leave behind the majority of people who take leave, whether that’s for family caregiving or personal medical needs.
I think you will agree that whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters. American families shouldn't have to give up a paycheck -- or jeopardize their future retirement security -- to do it. Please support and co-sponsor the FAMILY Act (S. 337).
Thank you for all you do.