MI FAMILIA VOTA APPLAUDS FEDERAL PAID LEAVE BILL TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES
Only 1-in-4 Latino workers have access to paid parental leave
WASHINGTON, DC - As workers across the country struggle every day to make ends meet and provide for their families, members of Congress today offered legislation that would help them continue receiving income while on family or medical leave.
The Family And Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D – N.Y.), would provide a boost to families; businesses and the economy by letting workers earn part of their income while addressing a family need or medical crisis.
“The national paid family and medical leave program would be especially important in the Latino communities we work in” said Ben Monterroso, MFV’s Executive Director.
Currently, fewer than 40 percent of workers in this country have employer-provided paid leave they can use for their own medical needs, and just 12 percent have it to care for a family member. Almost half of non-Hispanic white workers have access to paid parental leave, but only one-fourth of Latino workers benefit.
Studies clearly show that paid leave benefits workers, their families, businesses and the economy. California and New Jersey have paid leave insurance programs similar to the FAMILY Act, and both are working well.
“We are proud to join with more than 400 groups nationwide that are urging Congress to pass the FAMILY Act, so that our community can care for themselves and their loved ones while making ends meet and contributing to the economy,” said Monterroso.