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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Mar 12, 2019 Newsletter
Dear Friend, We had another busy week in Washington, DC and I’m excited to see some of you this Sunday at my State of the District event. More information on that and updates from the week below.
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. 

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.

Oct 9, 2018 Press Release

“Anyone in this country who is a working a full-time job should be able to support themselves and their family – period. In response to sustained public pressure, as well as economic forces, Amazon recently increased its minimum wage to $15. It’s long past time for the federal government to do the same. It’s been more than decade since we raised the minimum wage and low-income families are suffering because of it.

Jul 9, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-36) joined mothers and breastfeeding advocates to decry the Trump Administration’s recent attempts to block a United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly resolution endorsing breastfeeding and call on countries to limit inaccurate or misleading marketing of substitutes.

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 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) requested that the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee hold a hearing on labor mobility, an issue that affects wages and economic growth. Rep. Maloney, the Senior House Democrat on the committee, has repeatedly expressed concern with the fact that wages for many Americans have stagnated in recent decades. She also has sought to investigate the reasons for the relatively slow percentage growth in the Gross National Product.

May 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) have reintroduced the Flexibility For Working Families Act which will ensure that working Americans can ask their employer for modified schedules so they can balance the demands of their jobs and their home life.

Feb 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Don Beyer (D-VA-8) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8) renewed calls today to extend paid leave protections to federal workers as they reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA). Reps. Maloney, Hoyer, Beyer and Raskin were joined today by AFSCME and NTEU to discuss the importance of this bill to federal workers and their families.