Tell Congress: Support the FAMILY Act
At some point, nearly everyone will need to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness, or to care for a new child. But few U.S. workers have access to paid family and medical leave.
The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act–the FAMILY Act–is a solution to this dilemma. It would provide all workers in the United States with 12 weeks of leave to care for themselves and their families while keeping their jobs and their incomes secure.
The FAMILY Act is the only paid family and medical leave plan that would meet the needs of working people by:
- Providing employees at any size employer with up to 12 weeks of partial income to take time for a worker’s own serious health condition or that of a family member, parental leave, or military caregiving;
- Providing workers with 66 percent of their income, up to a capped amount that ensures that low- and middle-wage workers have a higher share of their wages replaced while on leave;
- Paying for the insurance fund through payroll contributions from both employers and employees of about $2.00 per week.