NC leaders did us proud up in DC this week. On Tuesday, the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on “Balancing Work, Health, and Family: The Case for Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act.” Congresswoman Adams chaired the hearing exploring the need to expand workers’ ability to take time off to care for themselves and their loved ones. Representative Batch shared her personal story of needing family and medical leave, as well as her perspective on the benefits of offering family and medical leave as a small business owner and a state lawmaker.
The hearing could not have been more timely. This month marks the 27th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but it was only a starting point. Here’s why: it doesn’t cover all working people, and the fact that it’s unpaid means millions who are eligible to use FMLA can’t afford to take the time they need.
Congresswoman Adams and Representative Batch are fighting for a comprehensive and robust paid family and medical leave policy that provides a meaningful amount of leave, is accessible to all working people, covers all families, and is affordable, cost-effective, and sustainable for working people, their employers, and all of us as taxpayers. This hearing was a step in the right direction.