Let New Mothers and Fathers Stay Home With Their Babies

Target: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Goal: Make paid maternity and paternity leave available by law to everyone without forcing employees to use earned company benefits such as paid vacation and paid or unpaid sick leave.

New mothers and fathers today are faced with mounting medical bills, a corporate climate that is unforgiving and a government that doesn’t care. What begins as a joyous occasion quickly manifests into financial burden and sleep deprivation as mothers and fathers are forced back into the workplace in order to maintain the status quo. Sign this petition to show you support paid maternity and paternity leave as a right for all new parents.

“More than 100 million employees still aren’t offered paid family leave at their jobs,” and, “a quarter of new mothers go back to work just ten days after giving birth,” according to an article published by Fast Company in December, 2016. While giving birth and caring for a relative who has just given birth is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, it just isn’t enough. This Act is used for job protection in situations that require a leave of absence on the part of an employee and only under specific situations.

FMLA does not guarantee that the employee will keep the same position, but rather a comparable position and pay. It also does not guarantee that leave is paid. Paid leave under FMLA is only available if the employee filing has accumulated earned paid benefits offered by the employer. Therefore, if a new parent works for a small business that does not offer earned benefits such as paid vacation or paid sick leave, that new parent cannot receive pay during a leave of absence even under FMLA.

If paid benefits are offered, have been accumulated, and FMLA is filed, the use of those benefits is required for the duration of the leave of absence. Bottom line is, unless at least one new parent works in a company that offers paid leave benefits and holds a position that accumulates those benefits or the family has a significant nest egg, there is no pay available for leave after the birth of a baby. FMLA has been enacted for 14 years. Sign the petition urging Senator Sanders to propose an increase in employment protection and paid leave under FMLA.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Bernie Sanders,

I am writing to urge you to propose an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to include mandatory paid maternity and paternity leave following the birth of or adoption of a child into a family, and to ensure that the paid leave NOT be contingent on accumulated corporate paid or unpaid benefits as is currently practiced in the application of FMLA. Rather, it should be a subsidized and standardized government entitlement program.

As a champion on the front line of Universal Healthcare and the Single Payer system, I believe that you have the experience and the influence among fellow legislators to introduce and pass an amendment to FMLA. I’m sure you have read in the report published in March, 2017 by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, that the United States is listed among over 30 countries that currently offer paid leave entitlements. However, the United States of America stands alone in offering absolutely no entitlements. This needs to change, and I and those who have signed this petition with me are behind you in bringing necessary legislation to support American families.

I am excited to see our nation support its people and am eager to see the amendment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. It’s hard on new mothers and having both parents home would help the mother and help strengthen the bond between father and child

  2. Senator Sander’s, Please do what is Right!

  3. Robert Ortiz says:

    It’s important for mothers and fathers to spend as much time with their children as possible, especially during their early formative years.

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