Dear Senator Heinrich,
THANK YOU for signing on as a co-sponsor of the FAMILY Act and showing your strong support for New Mexico families!
As you know, when only 15% of all workers have access to paid family leave through their employer, it's a big problem for the health of our families and the health of our economy. 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. 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.
We need a national paid family and medical leave policy that checks ALL the boxes: It needs to be ACCESSIBLE to all workers, offer a MEANINGFUL length of leave, be AFFORDABLE for workers, employers, and the government, INCLUSIVE in defining family, and offer job PROTECTION. The FAMILY Act is a step in the right direction toward ensuring paid family leave that meets everyone's needs!
I know you 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. Our families shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it.
Thank you for standing up for New Mexico families and supporting the FAMILY Act!