Paid Family Leave
Only 13% of Americans have any paid family leave through their employers. 40% of families don’t even have access to federally protected unpaid parental leave. Unpaid leave is a tremendous financial burden that many parents can’t afford. Paid family leave can combat poverty, give children a healthy start, and lower the wage gap between women and men by providing a structural support system to balance work and family. We need 12 weeks of guaranteed and paid family and medical leave so that all parents can take paid time off when they are caring for a new child, for a seriously ill family member, or recovering from their own serious illness.