Monday, October 4, 2021
A sweeping new legislative proposal on Capitol Hill could give Congress a rare opportunity to address an issue that has long been on the backburner – paid family leave.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed a national paid leave policy so that all workers can take time out of work. The Covid-19 pandemic has helped focus attention on the issue, which was largely untouched by Congress since the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 let workers take unpaid leave for family or medical reasons.
Now, lawmakers are negotiating the terms of a more permanent policy, which could give workers up to 12 weeks’ time off. If approved, more workers will be able to take time off to care for loved ones or tend to their own medical needs. Families who have struggled to juggle health issues and work without access to paid leave say such a policy would have made a huge difference in their lives.
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