National Partnership for Women & Families

Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act)

At some point, nearly everyone needs time away from work to recover from a serious illness or care for a sick loved one or new child. Yet the majority of working people in the United States cannot take the time they need without risking their jobs or economic security. A national paid leave program would allow people to receive a portion of their pay when they need time away from their jobs for family or medical reasons – resulting in significant benefits for their families, businesses and our economy.

FAMILY Act

  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act)
    What does it do? How would it work? Who would benefit?
  • The Case for a National Family And Medical Leave Insurance Program (The FAMILY Act) English | Spanish
    A national paid leave program would allow people to receive a portion of their pay when they need time away from their jobs for family or medical reasons – resulting in significant benefits for their families, businesses and our economy.

Key Populations

  • Children Benefit When Parents have Paid Leave
    Without job-protected paid leave that enables a parent to take a small number of weeks out of the workforce, parents may face an impossible choice between their child’s health and their income or jobs. Paid leave allows new parents time to care for their children – giving them the best chance at a healthy start in life.
  • Older Adults and Caregivers Need Paid Leave
    As our population ages and caregiving needs increase, paid leave programs will be even more critical to helping ensure workers can take care of themselves and their loved ones without risking their economic security.

Business & Economy

State Paid Leave Laws

Research

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