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Cory Booker on Families & Children

Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator

 


Society struggles without paid family leave

Our society claims to value children, but struggling mothers get no paid family leave. The U.S. is the only developed country that doesn't offer government- sponsored paid family leave. Almost all of the world's nations--from Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo--offer this kind of support, but we don't.

Where people have no paid family leave, or vacation days, a child's illness is so much more than the minor stress and inconvenience my mother endured when I got sick. There is the added stress of how to pay a doctor or a co-pay, how to make rent if you miss a day's work to stay home with your child, how to cope with not being there when your son, hospitalized for asthma, calls for his mother.

Source: United, by Senator Cory Booker, p.133-4 , Feb 16, 2016

Job-protected time off for bereavement and illness

Booker announced that he has signed on to a legislative effort that protect grieving parents from losing their jobs in the event of a child's death. The Parental Bereavement Act would amend the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to give parents up to 12 weeks of unpaid, but job-protected, time off of work to cope with the death of a child. Roughly 3,000 American children between the ages of one and 14 die suddenly each year from accidents.

"Parents grieving the loss of a child shouldn't have to fear losing their job too," Booker said. "This bill is a common sense expansion of family protections that Americans rely on."

Booker also supports legislation that would provide paid family leave. Booker is an original cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days per year to recover from illness or take care of a loved one. He also is a cosponsor of the Family & Medical Insurance Leave Act, which would establish a federal paid family leave policy.

Source: 2016 Press Release from Senate office booker.senate.gov , Feb 5, 2016

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