Paid family leave in Florida
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It is inconceivable that, in this day and age, the United States doesn't have a federal law for paid family leave. In fact, it is one of the only two countries in the world that doesn't ensure paid time off for new moms. Which is why I'm asking Florida to set an example and follow California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island steps into making this state provide and enforce paid parental/family leave.
Millions of working families experience a day-to-day struggle to make ends meet – nearly 40% of America’s children live in low-income families. When these families experience a major life event, such as having a baby or taking care of a family member with a serious illness, their already fragile financial situation can be further jeopardized.
Balancing work obligations with family responsibilities has become more and more challenging for all families. Low-wage workers can find this balancing act especially difficult as they are more likely to work in jobs with few benefits and limited flexibility and they have fewer financial resources at their disposal. Everyone loses when families are forced to make tough compromises, and consequences for children’s healthy development can be especially troubling.
Paid Family Leave provides benefits to new parents (both mom and dad) who need time to bond with a new child entering their life either by birth, adoption, or foster care placement, and individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.
Paid parental leave can have a significant positive effect on the health of children and mothers. There are also savings when it comes to turnover and training costs for businesses.
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