Last updated on: 4/3/2020 8:52:20 AM PST
Should the Federal Government Mandate Paid Family and Medical Leave for All Americans?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ensures unpaid family leave for about 60% of the US workforce. Starting in late 2020, the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act signed by President Trump will grant 12 weeks of paid leave to federal employees. An estimated 12% of private-sector workers in the US have access to paid family leave through their employers. An analysis of 41 OECD and European Union countries found that the United States is the only nation without a national paid maternity leave policy.
"It’s time for our federal government to get its priorities straight, so that workers can care for the people they love when they need it most. I was proud to fight for the Family and Medical Leave Act, landmark legislation that created important workplace protections and granted 12 weeks of [unpaid] leave to working families. But we need to go further—I believe the United States should guarantee 12 weeks of paid sick and family leave for workers."
Source: Fortune, "Joe Biden," fortune.com, Jan. 28, 2020
"To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and be prepared for future pandemics, I am calling for:
...--Enact a permanent, universal system of paid leave for sickness and family care."
Source: Howie Hawkins, "Green Party of Colorado Questionnaire," howiehawkins.us (accessed June 24, 2020)
"We have fought for families by securing a doubling of the Child Tax Credit, preserving the Child and Dependent Care Credit, signing into law the largest ever increase in child care and development block grants — a major new investment in child care affordability — and developing a tax credit for employers who offer paid family and medical leave. We continue to call on the Congress to pass a nationwide paid family leave program."
Source: Donald Trump, "Presidential Proclamation on National Family Week, 2019," whitehouse.gov, Nov. 22, 2019
"No, businesses should negotiate with employees to decide the competitive incentives/benefits they offer. Market competition for good employees will put pressure on companies to allow time off for important needs."
Source: Communication from the Jorgensen campaign to ProCon.org on Aug. 26, 2020
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