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

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 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 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney today joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (R-OK), and Congressman David P. Joyce (R-OH) to introduce legislation today that would significantly expand parental leave for military servicemembers and make other improvements for new parents who serve in the armed forces. 


May 11, 2021 In The News

All military parents would get 12 weeks of family leave to care for a new child and would see increased flexibility in how they use that time off under a new legislative proposal introduced on Tuesday.

Apr 19, 2021 In The News

A group of four Democratic senators last week introduced legislation to provide federal employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave per year to handle illnesses and other circumstances not covered in paid parental leave benefits passed into law in 2019. The new legislation mirrors a bill already under consideration in the House.

Apr 16, 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friend, Before we get to this week’s updates, I want to wish all those observing the holy month of Ramadan a Ramadan Mubarak. This week, I introduced the Family Medical Leave Modernization Act to expand who and what is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); chaired the Oversight Committee’s historic vote to pass H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act; and voted with my colleagues to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. I’m also glad to report that the FDA heard my call to lift the medically unnecessary in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone — a prescription medication that has been used to safely end early pregnancies in the United States for more than two decades.
Apr 16, 2021 In The News

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced a bill on Thursday in the Senate to give federal employees paid family and medical leave. A companion bill was introduced in January in the House, where Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is leading the charge to expand paid leave options for feds.