Do You Work? What You Need To Know About Paid Family Leave Under Trump

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Have you heard of the Family Act?

WHAT IS THE FAMILY ACT

"The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act, is a proposal for paid family and medical leave from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). The legislation would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave each year to qualifying workers for the birth or adoption of a new child, the serious illness of an immediate family member, or a worker’s own medical condition. Workers would be eligible to collect benefits equal to 66 percent of their typical monthly wages, with a capped monthly maximum amount of $1,000 per week."

--americanprogress.org

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WHO IS ADVOCATING FOR IT

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)--- two women, of course, who know the importance of being able to balance life at both work and home.

According to Americanprogress.org: "The two lawmakers announced their plans to reintroduce the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act that would create a shared fund to make paid leave affordable to all employers. The legislation would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave each year to qualifying workers for the birth or adoption of a new child, the serious illness of an immediate family member, or a worker’s own medical condition. Workers would be eligible to collect benefits equal to 66 percent of their typical monthly wages, with a capped monthly maximum amount of $1,000 per week."

IS MATERNITY LEAVE IMPORTANT?

In a single word: yes. According to Salon, "overwhelming evidence suggests maternity leave benefits both moms and kids. Babies born to leave-taking moms are more likely to survive, get immunized and be breastfed. Moms who take leave also end up mentally and physically healthier."

In fact, the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) recommends countries provide NO LESS than 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.

WHAT DOES TRUMP WANT TO DO WITH IT?

Trump has his own proposal, which "includes six weeks of paid maternity leave that an aide said would be paid for by eliminating unemployment insurance fraud." He claims that Ivanka helped him come up with the idea.

However, according to Fortune Magazine, Trump's proposal "was panned as being discriminatory since it would only apply to birth mothers and not fathers or adoptive parents."

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