S.463: FAMILY Act

Overview

The FAMILY Act (S. 463) is a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave plan that would cover all workers for any medical event. The bill would establish a national Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration. The bill would provide individuals with up to 12 weeks of parental leave calculated at 2/3 of the individual’s income. There would be a minimum benefit of $580 a week and a maximum benefit of $4,000 a week. These benefit payments would be coordinated with any periodic benefits received under a state or local temporary disability insurance or family leave program.

The bill would establish a Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund, and pay for the bill by increasing payroll tax by 0.2% on employee wages and 0.2% on employer wages.

H.R. 1185 is the House companion bill.

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Talking Points

  • The United States is the only developed country in the world with no national guarantee of paid family leave (PFL). Only 16% of private-industry employees have access to PFL through their employers, and only six states have implemented universal PFL programs.
  • The time after birth or adoption is a crucial period of development for babies and families because new relationships nurture early brain connections that form the foundation for all learning and social connections that follow.
  • Too many mothers and fathers must make the impossible choice between sufficient time to bond with their babies and the financial burden of unpaid time off. The National Assembly strongly supports the FAMILY Act because it will provide the economic security needed for families to take an active role in their child's early development and foster their full human potential.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

High

Bill Number

S.463

Date Introduced

February 12, 2019

Committee

Senate Finance Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled