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.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), passed in 1993, was landmark legislation that provides millions of Americans fundamental protections during family or medical emergencies. Congresswoman Maloney proudly supported this historic legislation when it was first enacted, and now continues to build on the successes of this law. She has introduced the Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act and the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act.

The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act allows more people to benefit from family and medical leave by allowing employees in companies with more than 25 employees to take family and medical leave.  Currently, employees in companies with more than 50 employees can take FMLA leave.  The bill would also extend employee leave for workers to go to parent-teacher conferences or to take their children, grandchildren or other family members to the doctor for regular medical appointments. 

The Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act amends the FMLA to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, same-sex spouse, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent if that person has a serious health condition. Currently, the FMLA allows qualified workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborns, seek emergency medical care for himself/herself, parents, children under 18 or a legal spouse.

More on Family and Medical Leave

Jun 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act of 2018 to bring family medical leave into the 21st century. The FMLA Modernization Act would expand FMLA eligibility, cover parental involvement leave, and modernize the FMLA definition of family.

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today introduced two bills, the FMLA Inclusion Act and FMLA Enhancement Act, to support more working families by expanding and enhancing the Family and Medical Leave Act. Rep. Maloney joined with Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Frederica Wilson (FL-24) to introduce a package of bills designed to improve the FMLA.

Apr 4, 2016 Press Release

New York—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement about the recently passed New  York State budget:

Feb 18, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK--Congresswoman Maloney joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at a rally for paid leave in Harlem yesterday. The Governor’s proposal, included as part of his 2016-17 budget, would grant workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to handle family emergencies and would cover all employees, regardless of business size. The legislation is part of a larger effort on the Governor’s part to fight worker inequality. Under Cuomo’s plan, workers would be eligible to receive 35% of their weekly salary.

Jan 29, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal. Maloney spoke at a rally with Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Cuomo to announce the new effort. The Congresswoman has been a leader in the effort to expand paid family leave.

Jun 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Ami Bera (D-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) today  joined leaders of Promundo, the Center for Urban Families and the National Partnership for Women & Families to unveil the first-ever State of the World's Fathers report.

Jan 26, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTONHouse Democrats today introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA) legislation that would provide six weeks of paid leave to federal employees for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. President Obama recently backed the legislation in his push for changes to leave policy – a message that was also highlighted in the State of the Union Address.