FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Testimony of Portia Wu, Vice President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Pennsylvania House Labor Relations Committee, H.B. 2278
WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 18, 2010 —
On behalf of the National Partnership for Women & Families, I am pleased to express our
strong support for House Bill 2278, The Pennsylvania Family and Medical Leave Act.
This legislation will protect workers’ economic security while allowing them to provide
essential care for their family members. It deserves full support from all legislators.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
that promotes fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care, and policies that
help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.
Laws like the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Pennsylvania’s HB
2278 are particularly important in times like this. Even in the best of times, no one can
afford to lose a job because of an illness or the illness of a family member — and in
today’s economic crisis, workers and families need job protection more than ever. In
good times and in bad, workers have family responsibilities and family members fall ill
and need care. This legislation would help Pennsylvania workers care for their family
members, without being forced to risk their jobs and livelihood when they do. HB 2278
will help Pennsylvania families, employers, and communities to meet the needs of a
changing workforce and society.
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The National Partnership for Women & Families drafted and led the fight to pass the Family & Medical Leave Act. It is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.