Family Support/Employment: House Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Sick Leave Legislation

On March 11, the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on the Healthy Families Act (H.R.1784). This bill provides for paid and unpaid sick leave for employees to meet their own medical needs and those of their families. It requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide their employees with at least one hour of earned paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 56 hours of paid sick leave a year. Visit the Committee website for more information or to view archived video of the hearing. The Arc supports this legislation.

Family Support/Employment: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Paid Sick Leave Legislation

On March 11, the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing on the Healthy Families Act (H.R.1784). This bill provides for paid and unpaid sick leave for employees to meet their own medical needs and those of their families. It requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide their employees with at least one hour of earned paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 56 hours of paid sick leave a year.

Visit the Committee website for more information or to view live video of the hearing.

Family Support/Employment: House Committee Holds Hearing on Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act

On February 11, the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing titled “Balancing Work, Health, and Family: The Case for Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act.” Witnesses were State Representative Sydney Batch (NC); Anthony Sandkamp, owner, Sandkamp Woodworks LLC, Jersey City, NJ; Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budgets, and Entitlements, the Heritage Foundation; and Elisabeth Jacobs, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Urban Institute. The Arc supports legislation (H.R. 5456) to expand eligibility of job protected leave to include siblings, domestic partners, and others that will be among the issues discussed in the hearing. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access video the day of the hearing. View the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities statement here.

Family Support/Employment: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act

On February 11, the House Committee on Education and the Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing titled “Balancing Work, Health, and Family: The Case for Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act.” Witnesses will be State Representative Sydney Batch (NC); Anthony Sandkamp, owner, Sandkamp Woodworks LLC, Jersey City, NJ; Rachel Greszler, Research Fellow in Economics, Budgets, and Entitlements, the Heritage Foundation; and Elisabeth Jacobs, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Urban Institute. The Arc supports legislation (H.R. 5456) to expand eligibility of job protected leave to include siblings, domestic partners, and others that will be among the issues discussed in the hearing. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access live video the day of the hearing.

Employment/Family Support: House Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Leave

On January 28, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave.” Witnesses were Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY); Joan Lunden, former host of Good Morning America and women’s health and wellness advocate; Kemi Role, Director of Work Equity at the National Employment Law Project; Sharon Terman, Director of Work and Family Policy at Legal Aid at Work of California; Hadley Heath Manning, Director of Policy at Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice; Rebecca Hamilton, Co-CEO of W.S. Badger; and Vicki Shabo, Senior Fellow for Paid Leave Policy and Strategy at New America. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access video of the hearing. For more on ensuring that paid leave works for people with disabilities, visit thearc.org/paidleave.

Employment/Family Support: House Committee to Hold Hearing on Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave

On January 28, the House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave.” Witnesses will include Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY); Joan Lunden, former host of Good Morning America and women’s health and wellness advocate; Kemi Role, Director of Work Equity at the National Employment Law Project; Sharon Terman, Director of Work and Family Policy at Legal Aid at Work of California; Hadley Heath Manning, Director of Policy at Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice; Rebecca Hamilton, Co-CEO of W.S. Badger; and Vicki Shabo, Senior Fellow for Paid Leave Policy and Strategy at New America. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access live video on the day of the hearing. For more on ensuring that paid leave works for people with disabilities, visit thearc.org/paidleave.

Family Support/Employment: Family Medical Leave Modernization Act Introduced in House and Senate

On December 17, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act (S.3071/H.R.5456). This bill expands the Family and Medical Leave Act definition of family to include domestic partners, parents-in-law, aunts, uncles, siblings, adult children, grandparents, grandchildren, sons- or daughters-in-law, and other significant relationships. Furthermore, it guarantees that parents and other family caregivers can take time off to attend medical appointments or school functions, such as a parent-teacher conference, without a risk of losing their job. The Arc supports this legislation.

Family Support/Employment: President Signs Defense Bill Providing Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

On December 19, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 (S.1790), which includes a provision providing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees caring for newborns, newly adopted children, or foster children. However, the bill does not provide paid leave for personal medical issues or to care for a family member. Read The Arc’s statement.

Employment/Family Support: House Passes Bill Providing Paid Parental Leave for Federal Employees

On December 11, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.2500) with a provision providing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees. However, the bill does not provide paid leave for personal medical issues or to care for a family member. The bill must next pass the Senate. President Trump has indicated he will sign the bill.

Employment: Senate Confirms Scalia as Labor Secretary

On September 27, the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor by a vote of 53-44. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy, which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities.