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

Jan 15, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author and longtime sponsor of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, today released the following statement applauding an anticipated executive order that will grant six weeks of paid leave to federal employees when a new child arrives or to care for ill family members. 

Jun 23, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today applauded The White House Summit on Working Families, which aims to set an agenda for the 21st century workplace. Maloney is a leading advocate for stronger work-life balance legislation and is the author several bills to give people more rights and protections in the workplace so that they can better address family and medical issues.
Feb 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced legislation that would allow more Americans to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or a family member. The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act would extend Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to those employed by companies with more than 25 employees. Current law applies only to companies with 50 or more employees. 

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.