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

Feb 11, 2020 In The News

When I was pregnant with my first child, I asked my employer about the office’s leave policy. My supervisor was stunned by the question: “Leave? What leave? Women just leave.” When I replied that I didn’t intend to leave, the response was “That’s never happened before.”

That was an unacceptable answer for me—and sadly, many workers hear similar words to this day when they need family and medical leave from their jobs to care for themselves and their families.

Dec 20, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This week was a busy one, starting with an incredibly moving ceremony in New York during which our 9/11 heroes – first responders, survivors, and families – were honored for their tireless work in ensuring the permanent reauthorization and funding of the World Trade Center Health Program and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Jul 17, 2019 In The News

Cheryl Monroe, a Food and Drug Administration chemist, travels a lot from Detroit to visit her elderly, ailing parents in South Carolina, sometimes five or six days a month.

“I’m burning up leave right now,” she said. That doesn’t count her days off without pay. “Of course, that hits my paycheck.”

Marita Eibl, a federal employee in the District, says she’s in the sandwich generation, caring for her special-needs son and checking on her aging parents in the Midwest, especially her father, who suffered a stroke.

Jul 12, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This week was a good week. The President finally abandoned his racist, illegal attempt to rig the census, the House passed my Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, and we passed, by an overwhelming vote of 402-12, the Never Forget the Heroes Act to make permanent and fully fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

These are big wins for the people, for democracy, for working families, and for our 9/11 first responders and survivors.


It’s Official: No Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

Jul 12, 2019 In The News

Federal employees who take leave for parental or other family-related purposes — time that currently is unpaid — would receive their regular salaries for that leave instead, under a bill that has passed the House.

Mar 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08) joined with federal employees, workers’ rights advocates and unions to introduce legislation that would provide 12 weeks of paid family leave for federal employees. 

Mar 5, 2019 In The News

Federal employees would be entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves or family members under a new bill Democratic lawmakers put forward on Tuesday, marking an expansion to the long sought-after benefits for civil servants.

Mar 5, 2019 In The News

A group of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would guarantee federal employees 12 weeks of paid family 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.