When families go through big life challenges, like having a new child or fighting a serious illness, they all too often struggle to make ends meet. Nearly everyone needs to take time away from their job at some point to care for a relative, deal with a serious personal illness, or welcome a new child but most often their leave is unpaid. Fewer than 40% of workers earn any income when facing a serious personal health issue. Only 13% of workers nationally have access to any paid family leave. Most staggering though is lack of access to family leave for our lowest-paid and most marginalized workers – in low income jobs, a mere 5% of parents are able to continue earning an income when caring for a newborn or a seriously ill relative.
The Universal Paid Leave Act will ensure that everyone living or working in the District will be able to take paid leave when they need to care for themselves or their family. Learn more about our efforts to secure #PaidLeave4DC!
Read answers to frequently asked questions and make sure to share this overview on Paid Family Leave with your friends.
Actually we’ve been back from recess since September 16, but it’s been a busy couple weeks. I’ll get back into a biweekly schedule of sending out these email updates starting today. Recess was not exactly leisurely; in addition to the focus on public safety, our office also took the break as a time to work on our fall legislative agenda. We also met with a number of D.C. agency directors and staff, community-based organizations and service providers, and residents. You’ll read about a few of those meetings below.
I did get in some down time, and I worked in a few great trips to the Eastern Shore, Brooklyn, Durham, and Baltimore. Thanks to all my hosts!