National Partnership for Women & Families

Support paid leave. Co-sponsor the FAMILY Act today!

Support paid leave. Co-sponsor the FAMILY Act today!

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It's time to make America more family friendly. Support paid leave! Co-sponsor the FAMILY Act today!

Dear Member of Congress,

People across the country are working hard to make ends meet, yet the nation fails to provide the support they need to manage the demands of work and family, and that businesses and our economy need to thrive.

Consider this:

-- Just 13 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;

-- Only half of new mothers take any paid time from work in connection with the birth of their first child;

-- 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.

Three states have successfully adopted paid family and medical leave insurance programs that have benefits for employees and employers alike, but people should have access to paid leave no matter where they work or live or what job they hold.

A national paid family and medical leave insurance program 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.

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