FlexJobs is pleased to announce that we’ve joined with Advancing Paid Leave to support paid leave for every employee through the FAMILY (Family Medical and Insurance Leave) Act.
We stand with more than 75 businesses that believe paid family and medical leave should be a benefit available to everyone.
Who needs paid leave?
In a nutshell, everyone.
As Sara Sutton, FlexJobs founder and CEO, points out, “Whether it’s working parents caring for children, grown children caring for aging parents, people with personal medical issues, or other related situations, professionals across levels and industries will likely, at some point, need access to comprehensive paid leave.”
Currently, the United States is the only developed nation that does not guarantee paid leave for workers. While some states have adopted paid leave requirements, the only federal regulation regarding leave for family care is the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Though FMLA provides job protection for 12 weeks, it can be unpaid leave. Furthermore, not every employer is required to offer FMLA. And, even at companies that must offer FMLA leave, not every employee is eligible for it.
In 2018, only 16% of private-industry employees had access to paid family leave, while 88% had access to unpaid family leave. And in 2012 (the most recent data), the U.S. Department of Labor found that nearly 13% of all eligible employees took FMLA leave.
Employees take FMLA leave for various reasons. While 21% of employees used FMLA leave for the birth or adoption of a new child, nearly 55% used FMLA to recover from their own illness. And 18% used the leave to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.
What would the FAMILY Act do?
If passed, the FAMILY (Family Medical and Insurance Leave) Act would require every company to allow every employee to take up to 12 weeks paid leave to take care of their medical issues and to help care for sick family members. Under the FAMILY Act, an employee’s ability to take leave would no longer depend on where they lived or their employment status.
Jobs would be protected, and employees would be paid up to 66% of their monthly wages. More importantly, everyone would be eligible for paid leave. This includes part-time employees, independent contractors, and hourly employees. There would even be a benefit for the self-employed and sole-proprietors.
Employers will benefit from paid leave.
Employees with access to paid leave are more likely to return to their employer after their leave. In California (which has paid leave laws), employees with paid leave were 14% more likely to return to their job at the end of their leave.
The FAMILY Act would also benefit small businesses and startups. Many smaller and newer companies would like to offer paid leave, but find it too expensive. With the FAMILY Act, these companies would be able to offer paid leave to every employee, allowing employers to attract and retain more staff.
Learn more about paid leave.
Visit Advancing Paid Leave to learn more about why paid leave is something every employee needs. Find out what they are doing to help get the FAMILY Act passed, and learn more about the companies that support paid leave.
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