At some point, nearly all of us need time away from work to recover from a serious illness or medical condition, get treatment or care for a sick loved one or new child.
But the majority of working people in the United States cannot take time to be with their families or get the care they need without risking their jobs and economic security.
That's why there's a growing movement of organizations and businesses calling for a national paid leave law, like the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act.
The FAMILY Act was first introduced in Congress in December 2013. The proposal has the support of a growing list of employers and a diverse coalition of more than 430 organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A broad and diverse range of organizations representing women and men, older adults and younger generations, family caregivers, people with disabilities, maternal and child health advocates, health care providers, workers, communities of color, the LGBT community, businesses and people of many religious faiths are united behind the call for a strong and comprehensive national paid family and medical leave standard and similar state paid leave laws.
More than 425 organizations have asked Congress to take swift action to consider and pass the FAMILY Act in the 116th Congress. Read the letter and see the organizations that have endorsed this legislation here.