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

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.

Feb 17, 2012 Press Release

I commend my colleagues for reaching an agreement on a longer term extension of the payroll tax cut. While this bill is not perfect, it does provide the average American middle-class family with an additional $1,000 over the year through the payroll tax cut extension, it continues Unemployment Insurance through the end of the year, and prevents cuts in Medicare physician payment rates. More than 160 million Americans will benefit from the payroll tax extension and millions of seniors using Medicare will be able to continue to see the doctor of their choice.

Feb 14, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the House Republican leadership’s decision to bring a stand-alone payroll tax cut extension bill to the floor:

Aug 2, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-- Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) praised Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s announcement of Obama Administration approval of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations on preventive services, which would make breastfeeding counseling and rental of breastfeeding equipment freely available to women who choose to breastfeed.

Aug 2, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley have introduced the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011. The legislation helps ensure that more working mothers can continue to breastfeed their babies after they return to work, providing health benefits to their children. The Breastfeeding Promotion Act reflects elements of a 2007 Oregon law passed under Merkley’s leadership to ensure workers have private areas and breaks to pump during the workday.

Jun 27, 2011 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act today, 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.

“Regardless of the make-up of one’s family, all employees should be given the same rights to care for a sick loved one in a time of need,” Durbin said. “For 20 years, we have had a law that provides unpaid leave for families in crisis. As families change, so should the laws designed to help them.”

Feb 10, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  In the 18th Anniversary month of passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (FEPPLA), H.R. 616, legislation that would provide all federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave.  Federal employees currently must deplete their annual and sick time to take parental leave.

Feb 10, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today hailed the announcement by the IRS that they will now allow breastfeeding equipment as medical-expense deductions and reimbursable under flexible medical spending accounts.

Maloney, along with the lead Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) wrote the Commissioner of the IRS after it was revealed late last year that the IRS had ruled against deductibility of breastfeeding equipment and supplies.

“This is good news for nursing moms, and a welcome recognition of scientific fact by the IRS: breastfeeding has significant health benefits—it helps prevent disease, and is good for moms and for babies,” Maloney said. “Anything we can do to encourage healthy choices is a good thing—and this ruling definitely qualifies!