Paid Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act

The FMLA has helped many working Americans balance the demands of work and family, by protecting their jobs while they take time off to recover from illness or care for loved ones. Yet the FMLA’s reach is far too limited. Read more about this important law and how it may apply to you.


The Federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act would create an insurance program to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to recover from a serious illness or to care for a new child or seriously ill family member.  Click here to learn more.

Paid Family Leave in New York

In 2016, New York became the fourth state to pass paid family leave, and the program, which goes into effect in 2018, will be the strongest in the nation. Click here to learn more.

Paid Family and Medical Leave in Other States

Three other states—California, New Jersey, Rhode Island—have enacted laws to guarantee partial pay to workers who need time off to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill loved one. 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  To find out more about how these laws operate, and differ from each other, click here.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Campaigns

Many states across the country are working to pass their own paid family and medical leave programs. Click here to learn more about active campaigns.