At some point, most Americans will need to take time away from work to handle what life throws their way. Whether it’s a serious personal illness, a loss of a beloved family member, or the overwhelming joy of becoming a parent, these are everyday situations that American workers should not have to compromise for their job. That's why President Obama unveiled his proposal for paid leave yesterday.
With 43 million American citizens -- many middle class -- without access to paid family leave through their employers, President’s Obama’s new policy will not only help the average working-class person, but will also help our nation’s piggybank as a whole.
With little effect on overall expenses, paid sick leave is a strong policy that has been shown to increase productivity, morale, and overall public health.
So basically, there’s a lot to love about this.
“We applaud the President for hearing the voices of families across the country and making this historic call for policies that families need to succeed as providers and as caretakers for their loved ones. The President's proposals for relief for working families are something that all elected officials should be able to get behind. Their constituents certainly are.”
— Ellen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values @ Work
NWLC applauds the President’s initiative to provide paid sick days and family and medical leave to workers: http://t.co/HLPBPSvx2f— NWLC (@nwlc) January 15, 2015
Unpaid leave: Among mothers who must miss work when a child is sick, 60% aren’t paid for the time off http://t.co/6Z5xbjeHNg— Kaiser Family Found (@KaiserFamFound) January 15, 2015
“The American Association of University Women (AAUW) applauds President Obama’s important investment in America’s workforce though his efforts to ensure that workers have the time they need to take care of themselves and their families. We all get sick and we all have family caregiving responsibilities – for our parents, our children, and our loved ones. These commonsense policies simply reflect the realities of today’s workforce and they’re not just good for families they’re good for business.”
"The ability to take time off for the birth of a child or to care for a loved one is a right all Americans should enjoy. I look forward to working with the President to ensure that no American must choose between a paycheck and a strong and healthy family."
“President Obama is making proposals that are smart, bold, and most of all, morally right. I’m proud that Connecticut has led the nation on this issue, and I applaud the President for the steps he plans to take to support working families.”