‘For many workers, staying home from work means losing your paycheck or losing your job,’ said DeLauro.
State Rep. Anne Hughes took unpaid leave when she donated a kidney to her godson in 2015. Tuesday, Hughes and others called not only for paid family medical leave, but for an expanded definition of “family.”
This week I am in Connecticut with the state’s Campaign for Paid Family Leave, a coalition of advocates pushing for the passage of a smart system of paid leave. This system is entirely employee-funded. It will offer workers 12 weeks of paid time off to welcome a baby or care for themselves or an ill loved one. It will be paid at 100 percent of a worker’s earnings, which is essential to ensuring that lower-income workers can afford to use the benefit.