Evanston/North Shore

Current Issues

Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act

The YWCA USA supports The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the national paid family and medical leave insurance proposal.

As you know, paid leave is becoming an issue on both sides of the presidential debate, which means it is more important than ever to solidify support behind sound policy ideas like the FAMILY Act and differentiate this proposal from others that are less effective. Since the bill was first introduced, it has picked up substantial support in Congress. This bill now has the support of 20 Senators, including most of minority leadership, and 107 House members. We want to create as much momentum behind this proposal as we can, and part of that effort is putting the weight and breadth of the coalition behind a cosponsor push this month and next. 

Here’s the background:

A mere 13 percent of U.S. workers have access to paid family leave through their employers and fewer than 40 percent have employer-provided, short-term disability insurance. Yet at some point, nearly all workers need time away from their jobs to deal with serious personal or family illness or to care for a new child. The Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (HR 1439/S 786) would create a national paid leave insurance program to allow workers to earn a portion of their pay while they take a limited amount of time away from work to care for a newborn, newly adopted child or newly placed foster child; care for a family member with a serious health condition; address their own serious health condition; or manage certain military caregiving responsibilities.


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