The FAMILY Act

In 2015, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut are again introducing legislation into Congress that, when passed, would finally establish a program of paid family leave in the U.S. The proposed bill, called the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), would pick up where the FMLA left off by creating an insurance program—funded by joint contributions from workers and employers—to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or seriously ill family member. The program would be administered through the Social Security Administration, and would cover all workers who are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The FAMILY Act would provide crucial support to families struggling to care for a new baby or a sick relative. Read more about the FAMILY Act, and urge your representatives in Washington to pass this long-overdue bill.