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

Sep 17, 2013 Press Release

Long Island City, Queens – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) Executive Director Joel Berg joined community members and activists at Hour Children Food Pantry today, in Long Island City, to urge Congress against passing the House Republican proposal to cut $40 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, which provides food stamps to millions of hardworking families.

Jun 27, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and  Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the Flexibility for Working Families Act, legislation to guarantee employees the right to request flexible work arrangements in terms of hours, schedules, or work location. The bill provides employers with flexibility by encouraging them to review these requests, propose changes, and even deny them if they are not considered in the best interest of their business.
 

Jun 10, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today marked the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act by President John F. Kennedy with the following statement.
 

Apr 25, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON< DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act, which will allow employees to take unpaid leave to care for a same-sex spouse or partner, parent-in-law, adult child, sibling, grandchild or grandparent.
 

Mar 22, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), along with Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) today introduced the “Prepare All Kids Act,” which would help states provide voluntary high quality pre-kindergarten programs that will prepare children-- particularly low-income children-- for a successful start in elementary school.  The bill is the House companion to S. 502, introduced by Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) earlier this month.

Feb 5, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (FEPPLA), which would provide all federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.
 

May 8, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Susan Davis (D-CA), joined by the leaders of women’s advocacy organizations, unions, and business groups from across the nation, introduced critical new legislation – the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act – to ensure that pregnant women are not forced out of jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working.  Currently, pregnant working women around the country are being denied simple adjustments – permission to use a stool while working a cash register, or to carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated, or temporary reassignment to lighter duty tasks – that would keep them working and supporting their families while maintaining healthy pregnancies.  The legislation will close legal loopholes and ensure that pregnant women are treated fairly on the job.  At press time, the bill had 63 original cosponsors.

Apr 19, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today re-introduced the “Child Care Affordability Act,” H.R. 4397, which will provide much-needed assistance to working parents struggling to afford child care.

Feb 29, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the Working Families Flexibility 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.

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