Paid Family Leave Gains Support from Business Groups
Organizations - big and small - are getting involved in advocacy around the issue
Paid family leave is a hot topic in Washington, D.C., as the year ends—and unlike previous attempts to require employers to provide the benefit, this time the policy is attracting support from the business world.
Organizations representing businesses big and small are getting involved in advocacy around the issue. The proposed Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, for example, would fund partially paid family leave through a payroll tax. Additionally, a bill on President Donald Trump’s desk, which he says he will sign into law, will provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal government employees and could build momentum for a broader law.
The Business Roundtable—an organization of corporate CEOs that made waves earlier this year when its members adopted a statement declaring that maximizing shareholder value was no longer the primary reason corporations exist—is now calling for leaders in Washington to make paid family leave available “to as many working Americans as possible.”
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