Family Support/Employment/Social Security – Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave

On July 11, the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy held a hearing on “Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families.” Witnesses were Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA); Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Andrew Biggs, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Vicki Shabo, Vice President for Workplace Policies and Strategies, National Partnership for Women & Families; and Carolyn O’Boyle, Managing Director, Deloitte Services, LLP. Visit the Committee web site for more information including opening statements, testimony, and archived video of the hearing.

Family Support/Technology – Webinar on AT Resources for Family Caregivers and Respite Care Providers Announced

On July 12, the AT3 Technical Assistance and Training Center will host a webinar titled “Assistive Technology Programs: AT Resources for Family Caregivers and Respite Care Providers.” This webinar will share how caregivers and respite providers can connect and avail themselves of AT Act programs and activities. Presenters will share information about resources for access (resources to find and select AT) and acquisition (resources to obtain needed AT). Presenters will be Rob Groenendaal, Assistive Technology Program Manager, Center for Integrated Programs, Office of Consumer Access and Self-Determination, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services; Mary Exline,¬†AT3 Center Director; and others be announced. The webinar will take place from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT. Register here. Learn more about the webinar here.

Family Support – President Trump Signs RAISE Family Caregivers Act

President Trump signed the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law on January 22 (P.L. 115-119). The Arc supported this bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that calls for the development of a strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act will bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body will then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers. Read The Arc’s statement on passage of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act here.

Family Support – RAISE Family Caregivers Act Awaiting President’s Signature

The Senate passed H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act by voice vote on January 8. The Arc supports this bipartisan legislation introduced Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body would then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers.

Family Support/Employment – Archived Webinar on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle Now Available

The webinar hosted by The Arc in October on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle is now available. Presenters were Kali Grant, the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI); T.J. Sutcliffe, The Arc; Erika Hagensen, North Carolina; and Lauren Agoratus, New Jersey. The archived recording can be found here. See the research by The Arc and GCPI highlighting how access to paid leave can promote economic security and stability for people with disabilities and their families here.

Family Support – House Passes RAISE Family Caregivers Act

The House passed H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act by voice vote on December 18, 2017. The Arc supports this bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act would bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body would then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers. The measure now goes back to the Senate.

Family Support – House to Vote on RAISE Act

The House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 3759, the Recognize, Assist, Include, and Engage (RAISE) Act today. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) calls for the development of a national strategy to support the nation’s more than 40 million caregivers. It would bring together stakeholders from both the public and private sector to create an advisory body. This advisory body would then develop recommendations for how government, communities, providers, employers, and others can better recognize and support family caregivers. The Senate passed the RAISE Act in September. The Arc supports this legislation.

Employment/Family Support – House Holds Hearing on Workforce Leave Policies

On December 6, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing titled “Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families”. Witnesses were Barbara Brickmeier, Vice President for Human Resources and Business Development at IBM, on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Carrie Lukas, President, Independent Women’s Forum; Hans Riemer, President, Montgomery County Council of Maryland; and Angela Schaefer, Vice President, Human Resources, Safety National, on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management. Visit the committee web site for more information and to review opening statements and access archived video of the hearing.

Employment/Family Support – House to Hold Hearing on Workforce Leave Policies

On December 6, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing titled “Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families”. Visit the committee web site for more information or to access live video on the day of the hearing.

Family Support/Employment – The Arc to Host Webinar on Paid Family and Medical Leave from the Disability Angle

People across the United States are talking about the need for paid family and medical leave. New research by The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) highlights how access to paid leave can promote economic security and stability for people with disabilities and their families. Join us on Monday, October 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at http://bit.ly/2xrvEQF to learn more! Presenters will include Kali Grant, GCPI; T.J. Sutcliffe, The Arc; Erika Hagensen, North Carolina; and Lauren Agoratus, New Jersey.