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Percentage of US mothers who return to work within less than 2 weeks of giving birth
Number of countries that do not guarantee paid maternity leave (the United States, Suriname and Papua New Guinea)
Percentage of private sector workers in the US who have access to paid family leave in the event of a new child or a family health emergency

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 a strong paid family leave program. The law, which will provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid leave once fully phased in, went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Visit the ABB Resources to learn more about how the program will work and what to do if you work in New York and need paid family leave.

Paid Family and Medical Leave in the States

Momentum for paid family and medical leave at the state level continues to build. Eight states and Washington D.C. have passed into law programs to provide pay to workers taking time off to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill loved one, or recover from one’s own serious health condition. These laws have been passed in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., and Washington State. Still other states are lining up to pass their own paid family and medical leave plans.

Visit the ABB Resources to learn more about existing state paid leave laws and active state campaigns.


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.

Visit the ABB Resources to learn more about the FAMILY Act.

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 LGBTQ, Veterans, and Military 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

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