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HRC urges Congress to pass FAMILY Act
2019-02-13

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The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called on Congress to advance the FAMILY Act—a measure the organization called critically important legislation that would establish the nation's first-ever federal insurance program for paid family and medical leave, according to a press release.

Reintroduced in Congress on Feb. 12 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro ( D-Connecticut ) and presidential candidate/Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ( D-New York ), the LGBTQ-inclusive measure would ensure employees have access to 12 weeks of partial income if they take time off for their health; a health problem of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner; the birth or adoption of a child; or military caregiving and leave purposes.

Only 45 percent of respondents reported that their employers offer leave policies—paid or unpaid—that are inclusive of LGBTQ families and identities, according to a HRC Foundation report that is at https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/2018-HRC-LGBTQ-Paid-Leave-Survey.pdf.

Currently, only 13 percent of the workforce receives paid family leave from their employer, and less than 40 percent have personal medical leave from a disability program provided through their workplace.

HRC also released a corresponding video, "It's Time for Paid Leave for All Families." It is at www.youtube.com/watch .


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