Congress's “Workflex in the 21st Century” bill will undermine robust state and local paid sick leave and fair scheduling laws as well as efforts nationwide to ensure that workers can take time off to care for their loved ones.
Massachusetts’s law will begin providing benefits in 2021 and will cover nearly all private sector employees. The law provides 12 weeks of job-protected paid family leave and is the first state in the nation to allow workers to take job-protected paid time off for their own serious health needs.
The way our laws define family sends a signal about who our country sees and values. But these choices are more than symbols—they have powerful practical consequences for real people’s ability to care for those they love.
Join us as we continue pushing for policies that ensure no father, husband, partner, brother, or dear friend, has to choose between caring for a loved one and earning a paycheck.
For too many mothers and those that love them, balancing family and work is a constant struggle, from staying healthy during pregnancy, to breastfeeding while working, to getting a sick parent or child to the doctor. This Mother’s Day, it’s time for more than cards and flowers—let’s honor our mothers with the policy changes working families need. We won’t stop fighting until all of us can be there for our families like Ileana was.
We can have both paid leave now and a secure Social Security system for our retirement. States are leading the way with paid leave laws that are already working for real families and a federal bill, the FAMILY Act, could provide comprehensive, sustainable paid leave nationwide.
In the 25 years since the signing of the FMLA, federal law has been mostly stagnant while states and cities have been moving forward with stronger protections. Our new report, A Foundation and a Blueprint, lifts up the leadership of these innovative states and cities to light the way toward the workplace leave laws we need now.