Twenty-five years ago Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) providing protected time off from work to people who are caring for a new baby or a sick loved one However, many families cannot afford to take advantage of the FMLA. Despite the fact that the first weeks of life are critical in a child’s long-term development, millions of American workers are forced to choose financial stability over taking time off to bond with their newborn. Let’s join advocates across the country to mark FMLA’s landmark birthday month and urge Congress to take the crucial next step – paid family leave.
ZERO TO THREE has launched a new Paid Family Leave Advocacy Toolkit. The information and resources will help to communicate effectively with your policymakers and networks about what is at stake when America’s workforce can’t afford to take time off to spend with their new babies.