Working Families

It can be difficult to juggle both work and family, which is why Congresswoman Maloney has worked in Congress to advance legislation that supports working families. She was a proud supporter of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Congresswoman Maloney also fully supports an increase in the federal minimum wage and has authored legislation that would expand workforce protections to support working families.

Affordable Childcare: Congresswoman Maloney has been a continuous supporter of legislation in Congress to provide American families access to safe, affordable, quality child care. She has also fought to safeguard tax exemptions for families with children, such as the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Dependent Care Assistance Programs.

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Congresswoman Maloney understands the difficulties too many Americans face to meet everyday obligations for their families and workplaces. In response, she has supported legislation to ensure families get paid leave for family or medical emergencies, and worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act to meet the demands of modern parents. Read more.

Paid Leave for Federal Employees: Federal employees are now guaranteed 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a child, but many families cannot afford to take this much time off of work without any compensation. Congresswoman Maloney has introduced legislation to provide paid FMLA leave for all federal employees. Read more.

Flexibility for Working Families: Congresswoman Maloney knows that the working dynamic of most American families has greatly changed over the last 50 years. Many families do not have a stay-at-home member, making it difficult to manage when someone in the family falls ill and needs extra care. The Congresswoman supports legislation that would support working family members adjusting their work schedules to accommodate busy, family friendly schedules. Read more.

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More on Working Families

Sep 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — At today’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hybrid hearing titled “Recognizing and Building On The Success Of Pandemic Relief Programs,” Congresswoman Carolyn B.

Jul 13, 2021 In The News

In 2019, the Senate passed The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), which permits federal workers up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave due to the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. This moment was “a huge step forward,” said Rep.

Jul 9, 2021 In The News

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of Manhattan has long lobbied for paid family leave. Now with support from the Biden administration’s American Families Plan, she’s gotten a measure known as the Comprehensive Paid Leave for Federal Employees Act through the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which she chairs. The legislation would create comprehensive paid family leave for all federal employees including more than half a million working in New York state.

Jun 25, 2021 In The News

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform met Thursday to discuss a new bill that would provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all federal employees. The bill would allow approximately 2.6 million workers to take time off for their own medical issues, or to care for a sick child, spouse or parent without sacrificing their salary.

Jun 24, 2021 In The News

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday argued that the federal government must provide its employees with paid family leave in order to recruit and retain the next generation of federal workers.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the Flexibility for Working Families Act. This legislation would ensure that hardworking Americans can request that their employer to modify their schedules so workers can balance the demands of their jobs and their home life without fear of reprisal.


May 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of H.R. 3110, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, today celebrated the bill’s passage out of the House Education and Labor Committee. The bill next heads to the House floor.


May 18, 2021 In The News

On Tuesday, May 11, Rep Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), with Congressional Maternity Care Caucus co-chairs Reps.

May 14, 2021 In The News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week introduced a bill that would extend to military service members the recently implemented paid parental leave program available to federal employees.

May 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today voted to pass the H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Congresswoman Maloney was the first sitting New York City Council Member to give birth while in office. She is the sponsor of the Federal Employees Paid Leave Act, signed into law in 2019, which provides all federal workers with 12 weeks paid leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. She is also the sponsor of a bill currently pending to provide access to paid parental leave to hundreds of thousands of USPS employees across the country.