June 19, 2020
From Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a bipartisan roundtable on federal paid family leave organized by the Senate Finance Committee. Gillibrand pushed for federal paid family leave policy — including her FAMILY Act which would create a comprehensive, national program that provides 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave — to respond and recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Before the pandemic, 8 in 10 workers across the country had no paid family leave, and 6 in 10 had no medical leave. Now the pandemic has forced many to make impossible choices between their families and their jobs that leave them, and the economy, in jeopardy.
The Senate Finance Committee working group, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), discussed the issue of federal paid family leave policy and the importance of access to paid leave, particularly paid sick leave for workers.