FAMILY Act Would Create Paid Family Medical Leave

Posted by admin on January 2, 2014

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Posted: January 1, 2014 by laborradio

By Doug Cunningham

Twenty years after the first family medical leave act, an effort is being made to create a paid family leave act. The Family Medical Insurance Leave Act or FAMILY Act, would set up an independent trust fund within the Social Security Administration to provide 66 percent of workers’ pay during family medical leaves. It would be funded by employer and employee contributions of 0.2 percent of wages each. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says it would strengthen America’s workers and the economy by providing income stability for families during medical emergencies. The Labor Department says only 12 percent of U.S. workers now have access to paid family medical leave. Most workers can’t take advantage of it the existing medical leave act because it’s unpaid.. The labor movement is urging Congress to approve the FAMILY Act.

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