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Support paid leave: co-sponsor the FAMILY Act today!
Dear Member of Congress,
Nearly every working person will someday welcome a new child, deal with their own serious health issue or need to provide care to a seriously ill, injured or disabled loved one. Yet most people do not have the job or financial security they need to take time away from work when they do which means they too often must miss their baby's first smile or a parent's last breath. The vast majority of people in the United States need and support a national paid family and medical leave program like the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. I urge you to co-sponsor and press for swift action on the FAMILY Act today! Consider this: * Just 17 percent of the workforce has paid family leave through their employers;* Less than 40 percent has personal medical leave through an employer-provided disability program; * Nearly one quarter of mothers overall are back at work within two weeks of giving birth; * Men now experience higher rates of work-life conflict than women; * And at the other end of the caregiving spectrum, workers over 50 who leave the workforce to care for an aging parent lose, on average, more than $300,000 in earnings and retirement savings. This must change. The FAMILY Act, which would establish an affordable, sustainable national paid family and medical leave program, would:* Boost women's labor force participation and earnings, increasing workplace gender equity; strengthening their families' financial security and growing the national economy;* Make it easier for fathers to play an active role in a child's early months;* Help older workers stay attached to the workforce and increase their retirement security;* Cut by 81 percent the share of working low-wage families who fall into dire financial straits and poverty and reduce use of public assistance and SNAP; and* Help businesses afford paid family and medical leave for their employees no matter their size or industry.Four states have successfully adopted paid family and medical leave insurance programs that have benefits for employees and employers alike. Programs in two other states and D.C. will be up and running by 2021. But people should have access to paid leave no matter where they work or live or what job they hold - and today more than 100 million people are left behind. America needs a national paid family and medical leave insurance program that would benefit workers, their families, businesses and our economy. That's what the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) is all about -- and that's why I urge you to make families a top priority by co-sponsoring the FAMILY Act and advancing paid family and medical leave.