23 Years… Now What?

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5 Feb 2016

Today we’re celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since it was signed into law, workers have used it more than 200 million times to take unpaid time off when a baby is born, to recover from surgery, to care for an ill spouse, and help aging parents.

FMLA was a big step forward, but because it only protects unpaid leave for some workers, we need to do more. Several states have already taken action to provide their residents with paid leave. Maine—and the whole country—needs to follow their lead.

When you make a monthly gift of $5, $10, $20, or whatever works for your budget, you help sustain our work on this vital issue.


A new poll released yesterday found that 4 in 5 voters support a paid family and medical leave law. That’s not surprising because we all know how hard it is to balance work with the rest of our lives. We know that moms need time at home after giving birth or adopting a child. We know that strokes, cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses don’t check to see if you have paid leave before attacking you or a loved one. We know that unexpected accidents can make it impossible to work.

Life happens. A state or federal paid leave law will help make sure that when we need to take time to care for our families, we don’t have to worry about missing a paycheck.

If you want to share your story about needing paid leave, talk to Molly at 207.622.0851 x2 or email mbogart@mainewomen.org.

Please consider making a donation to strengthen our work to make paid leave a reality for all Mainers.


Happy Anniversary, FMLA! Here’s to making you even better!

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