Paid Family Leave is What We Need To Support Moms Today

The purpose of Mother’s Day is to honor mothers.

We must recognize the work moms do to keep everything all the things together. It is essential to support mothers who spend all day and every day caring for others.

The Mother’s Day gift moms want is a national paid leave policy that recognizes the realities of being a working mom in 2022.

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Currently, the United States does not have a paid leave program despite widespread public support.

Where We Stand Today On Paid Family Leave

In the United States, only the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 directs the leave.

Employees are entitled to up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave under the FMLA.

FMLA protection is not available to more than 60% of workers. People protected by the leave often cannot afford to miss twelve weeks of pay.

Vicki Shabo, paid leave expert, says, “Paid leave is dependent on what employers choose to offer unless they live in one of a few states. That means tens of millions don’t have paid family leave when needed.”

A Plan For Paid Family Leave

COVID stressed the importance of paid leave. In response to the virus, legislation enacted required employers to offer two weeks of paid sick leave.

The legislation was a step in the right direction. However, the FFCRA protections expired at the end of 2020, so workers will have no protection.

It is no surprise that women are most affected by this systemic failure. MomRising’s senior campaign director for Maternal Justice, Tina Sherman, says women in the workforce have taken a big hit.

Family Leave Benefits All

Political talking points surrounding the legislation – that paid leave is expensive or anti-business – are probably part of why it has stalled in the Senate.

No doubt, paid family leave has many benefits. The Build Back Better plan analysis found that paid leave could revitalize the economy.

The Moms Are Equally Important

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Paid leave can easily get lost in the policy details and lengthy studies demonstrating how paid leave is good for business.

The fact is, paid leave is much more. Frye sees it as essentially an equity policy.

Supporting moms is always essential – today and tomorrow. It’s more than a “nice perk.” It’s a necessary part of our economy.