Why We Need the FAMILY Act

Jason’s twin children were born at 28 weeks — and as a result, spent 69 days in neonatal intensive care. Thanks to New Jersey’s paid family leave law, Jason and his wife Christie were able to take needed time off to care for their children. But for millions of workers, including one million in Washington alone, paid family leave is not an option. The FAMILY Act would change that.

Most Americans have no access to paid leave when babies are born or serious personal or family medical needs arise, but that will change when Congress passes the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. This badly needed legislation was introduced for the first time today by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.). It would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, bringing the country’s employment safeguards in line with the needs today’s working families.

Add your voice to the majority of Americans who support paid family and medical leave and urge Congress to pass the FAMILY Act today!

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