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 Parental 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 six weeks of paid parental leave for new parents of both biological and adopted children. 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 is in support of 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

Apr 8, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a new report today offering a fresh perspective on the frequently referenced fact that a woman working full time, year-round earns only 79 percent of what a man earns. The report, Gender Pay Inequality: Consequences for Women, Families and the Economy, comes in advance of this year’s Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 12.

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.

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today released the following statement prior to President Obama’s final State of the Union address: “When President Obama took over from George W. Bush our economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs per month, unemployment was rising, wages were falling, GDP was down, home prices were in freefall, and more than $13 trillion in household wealth had evaporated. We faced what former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called ‘the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great Depression.’ The economic state of our union was weak.
Dec 20, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is hailing several provisions of the omnibus spending package that will reduce the tax burden faced by middle-income and working New York families.

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.

May 7, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK – In anticipation of Mother’s Day, Joint Economic Committee (JEC) Ranking Democrat Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released a new report that found the economic security of two-thirds of American families depends upon a mother’s earnings, and that mothers typically contribute about 40 percent to their families’ overall income. The report also found that mothers face a “Mommy Tax,” whereby they are paid 3 percent less than women without children.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced new legislation, the Flexibility for Working Families Act, that would ensure that workers have the right to request a flexible work arrangement without fear of retribution. Even as the number of households with single parents or both parents working outside the home has increased laws haven’t kept pace with the new realities.

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.