Becoming a new parent is incredible. It also requires time – time to recover from childbirth, time to establish feeding and sleeping patterns, time to visit the doctor…this list goes on and on.
Yet, today too many parents in America can’t take the time they need to care for and bond with their newborn – let alone to care for themselves – because they don’t have paid leave.
The United States remains one of only two countries in the world without a national paid leave program. While some companies and even states are stepping up to provide paid leave, fewer than 1 in 5 employees in the U.S. has access to paid leave. For many new parents, this means choosing between taking unpaid leave to care for their infant or going back to work to maintain their economic security. In the end, 1 in every 4 moms returns to work within just 2 weeks of giving birth.
No parent should have to give up time with their new baby when they need it most.
The good news is that the voices of parents across the country are being heard. Momentum is building and soon Members of Congress will introduce legislation in support of a national paid leave program.
But now we need you! Please ask your Members of Congress to support the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which provides comprehensive paid family and medical leave to all workers.
As a country we are failing to meet the needs of our families. It’s time for change. It’s time for paid leave now!
Join us today and ask your Members of Congress to support the FAMILY Act. It’s time to help all parents in the U.S. give their children the strongest start to life.