When a new child arrives or serious illness strikes, you often need time off from work. But for many Americans, it’s not that simple.
That’s because the United States is one of the only countries on the planet that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. Far too many Americans are forced to sacrifice their savings, or lose their jobs altogether, when they need time to care for themselves or their families.
We are advancing paid leave laws around the country so that all workers can securely savor the joys and weather the inevitable crises that life delivers without worrying about how to pay the bills. We will not rest until every American has access to paid family and medical leave.
Paid Family Leave in New York
In 2016, New York State passed the strongest paid family leave program in the nation. The law, which will provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid leave once fully phased in, goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
Paid Family and Medical Leave in the States
Since 2004, three states in addition to New York—California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island—have enacted programs to provide partial pay to workers taking time off to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill relative. These laws build upon existing programs to provide partial pay for a worker’s own serious health condition. Washington, D.C.’s City Council also recently passed a strong paid family and medical leave law. Still other states are lining up to pass their own paid family and medical leave plans.
The FAMILY Act
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires certain employers to provide unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks for employees to care for a new child or seriously ill family member, to recover from their own serious health condition, or to deal with certain obligations (including childcare and related activities) arising from a spouse, parent or child being on, or called to, active duty in the military. The proposed federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), would pick up where the FMLA leaves off by creating an insurance program—funded by joint contributions from workers and employers—to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to recover from a serious health condition or to care for a new child or seriously ill family member.
To get more information about your rights, visit the ABB Resources section on Paid Leave.
Here you’ll get a wealth of information, including:
- Detailed fact sheets about the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, including what LGBT families should know
- A breakdown of existing state paid leave laws, including New York’s new paid family leave law
- Resources about temporary disability insurance benefits in New York
- Updates on state paid family and medical leave campaigns and coalitions
- Tools for passing paid family and medical leave in your state
- Additional web links, white papers, news articles, and more