FMLA25: Advancing Paid Leave

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, a diverse coalition of organizations joined with businesses, lawmakers and people across the country to call for a national paid family and medical leave law. Learn more about FMLA 25 activities.

FMLA 25: Advancing Paid Leave

In the 25 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law, it has been used more than 200 million times and transformed our workplaces and culture in tremendously positive ways. But millions of working people and families are still caught between the demands of their jobs and their families because the nation has failed to take the next step: paid family and medical leave. Our economy and businesses are not reaching their full potential as a result.

That's why, on the anniversary of the FMLA's signing on Feb. 5, the National Partnership is joining with partner organizations, lawmakers, business leaders and working people across the country to call for a national paid family and medical leave policy that covers all working people for the full range of serious caregiving and medical reasons. Doing so is essential to advancing the movement for more equitable and family friendly workplaces.

Help spread the word about the need for paid leave:

  • Email and tweet at your members of Congress, urging them to support a national paid leave law.
  • Record a simple video testimonial to share a few words about what paid leave means to you.
  • Support the digital day of action on Feb. 5 by using #FMLA25 and #PaidLeaveMeans, signing up for the Thunderclap and join the tweet storm from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the FMLA and paid leave:

  • Use this interactive map to learn how a lack of paid leave is causing people in every state to experience conflicts between their jobs and their families.
  • Check out this page about the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the leading paid family and medical leave proposal in Congress.
  • Read the National Partnership's guide to the FMLA (available in English and Spanish).