PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD
We agree with Elizabeth Warren (2020):
“The need to take time off from work to care for a loved one or to deal with a personal medical condition is a near-universal experience. But right now, the vast majority of American workers do not have access to paid family or medical leave, putting them in the impossible position of choosing between providing care and maintaining a steady income. Paid family and medical leave would be a game-changer for American workers, giving them the power to care for themselves and their family without risking their financial security. Nearly half of eligible workers report that they simply cannot afford to take unpaid time off work.
Lack of paid leave squeezes families in a variety of ways. It deprives children and their parents of crucial bonding and recovery time after childbirth. And it can negatively affect caregivers’ ability to stay in the workforce and achieve higher earnings over time.
Inability to access paid leave is particularly harmful for families of color, who have experienced systemic racism that leaves them with less wealth to draw on for unpaid leave and a greater likelihood of experiencing chronic health conditions. Further, black mothers face particular challenges in balancing care for their families and themselves against their families’ economic security, as they are far more likely to be the primary source of economic support for their families.
The United States is the only OECD country that does not require any paid leave for new parents.
Workers would receive 66% of their salary, capped at $4,000 per month, with a minimum payment of $580 per month for up to 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave in a one year period to care for a newborn or newly adopted child; to act as caregiver to a spouse, child, parent, domestic partner, or chosen family member with a serious health condition; to deal with the worker’s own serious medical condition; or address specific military caregiving needs.
Unlike our current unpaid federal leave system, which is limited to businesses with over 50 employees, paid family and medical leave would be available to anyone who meets the work history requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance.
Experts estimate that the lack of paid family and medical leave costs American workers about $20 billion a year. National paid family and medical leave would put that money into American workers’ pockets and into the economy.”
Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?