Dear members of Congress,
Now is the time for action. Working families, including those in the sandwich generation, need workplace justice policies like paid family and medical leave which address racial justice, gender equity and disability rights. We ask that you pass, a fully funded paid family and medical leave program in the next care infrastructure bill and that it is set up to be successful so that workers and families can balance the needs of work and their caregiving responsibilities in times of critical health crisis, as needs arise from a military deployment, and when a new child arrives. This can make a difference in people’s lives.
Study after study shows that passing paid family and medical leave will boost our economy, lift businesses, and help families. It’s time.
Paid family and medical leave is an economic necessity. Caregiving families can spend upwards of 20 percent of their personal income, and get pushed out of much-needed jobs due to providing unpaid critical care to loved ones in times of need, so having paid family and medical leave is an obvious solution that boosts employee retention and economic security. Paid family and medical leave will help improve the lives of working families as well as ensure our economy and businesses prosper.
Let’s invest in families, our businesses, our economy, and our country by investing in care -- and let’s start by including robust funding for comprehensive and inclusive paid family and medical leave in the care infrastructure bill.