Dads play a crucial role in their children’s development and well-being. Fathers are increasingly seeking and taking on more caregiving responsibilities. But in order to be the engaged fathers many aspire to be, dads need time. In the United States, working fathers find it difficult to balance their family and work obligations. One significant reason for this is the lack of a national paid family leave program. For many parents, this makes taking leave for the birth or illness of a child extremely difficult.
However, this doesn’t need to be the case. On December 12, 2013, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a bill that would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance program enabling workers—including fathers—to take up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave to recover from a serious illness, care for a sick family member, or bond with a new baby. The FAMILY Act would cover almost all workers, providing 66 percent of wages (up to a cap of $4,000 per month). It would be funded by very small contributions (about $1.50 per month for the typical worker) from employers and employees and administered through a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave. Everyone benefits when dads have time to care for and bond with their children – families, communities, and the economy. That’s why dads are coming together to voice their support for the FAMILY Act. Join the growing number of engaged dads who think it’s time to make paid paternity leave a reality in the United States.
Sign the petition below to urge Congress to pass the FAMILY Act.
To learn more about the current landscape of paternity leave policies and proposed state and federal legislation, read our brief (pdf).
Read working fathers' advocate and blogger Scott Behson's post about the petitionhere.
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