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 22, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Frank R.Wolf  (R-VA), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) today introduced the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (FEPPLA), H.R. 626, bipartisan 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. The bill passed the House in the last Congress by 278-146. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA).
Jan 13, 2009 Press Release
New York, NY – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced this afternoon that the National Children’s Study will begin enrolling 1,000 Queens children today in what will be the nation’s largest-ever study of children’s health.  The Queens study will be led by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, whose doctors are national leaders in the field of environmental medicine.

Dec 10, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a report today entitled “The Ripple Effect: Why Failure for the Big 3 is Not an Option.”  The domestic auto industry represents over 10 percent of the nation’s manufacturing employment. This includes employment by the Big Three, direct suppliers, production plants and new car dealers.  Collapse of the three U.S. automakers will have serious negative spillover effects in industries from tire manufacturers to technology firms researching future innovations and prevent any future progress on improving our trade balance. A conditional bridge loan is crucial in helping the Big Three survive the current economic recession.

Nov 17, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Jessica Lappin, former NOW-NYS President Noreen Connell, Francine Moccio of the Institute for Women and Work, and other New York City women’s leaders protested new Bush Administration regulations that undermine the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  At a news conference this morning, Maloney released a letter (a full copy of which follows) urging the Obama-Biden transition team to correct the new regulations, and Lappin announced that she is requesting a New York City Council resolution likewise calling on the new administration to address the problem.
Nov 14, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement regarding Bush Administration regulations released today that would chip away at the Family and Medical Leave Act:
Oct 17, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) has received a 100% rating from the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for her votes to protect kids and provide them with much-needed health care.  The CDF gave Maloney high marks for, among other actions, her votes to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover an additional 3 million children; combat family poverty by raising the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour; improve access to Head Start programs; and provide additional student loan funding and cut interest rates on federal student loans.

Please click here for a full copy of the CDF Action Council Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard.

Sep 12, 2008 Press Release

Unveiling the findings of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) today assailed the Bush Administration for its failure to crack down on pay inequity. The report, which Rep. Maloney and Senators Harkin and Clinton requested along with Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) shows that the federal government has failed to adequately monitor enforcement of our nation’s pay discrimination laws.

Aug 13, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Working Mother Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families announced yesterday that Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) will be among the recipients of the groups’ inaugural Best of Congress award, for improving the American quality of life through family-friendly work policies. The award spotlights Rep. Maloney’s support of working families through legislation and by employing family-friendly policies in her own office.

“I believe that the federal government should set a national standard for providing a family-friendly workplace --which is why I have such policies in my own office,” said Rep. Maloney.  “Paid parental leave makes sense both for government and for businesses.  In addition to reducing turnover, family-friendly policies lead to increased productivity, better morale, and less absenteeism.  I am delighted to receive the ‘Best of Congress’ award and I will continue the fight to promote paid parental leave and other pro-family policies.”

Rep. Maloney’s bill to provide federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child passed the House of Representatives on June 19, 2008.  With over 1.8 million employees, the federal government is the nation’s largest employer.  Federal employees currently receive no paid time off specifically to care for an infant or newly adopted child.  By failing to provide paid parental leave, the federal government lags behind both the private sector (53 percent of private-sector employers provide some form of paid parental leave), and other industrialized nations; the U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not provide support for all workers with a new child.

“Not only did we judge Rep. Maloney on her voting record for supporting working families, we also examined the benefits that her own employees receive like paid leave and flextime,” Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media, said. “Congresswoman Maloney is stepping up voluntarily because she believes in progressive policies and acts on her beliefs in the real world managing her staff.”

“Congresswoman Maloney has shown what can be accomplished through legislation and a personal commitment to policies that benefit working families,” Donna Klein, president and founder of Corporate Voices for Working Families, said. “As our nation wrestles with a host of economic and other issues involving working families, Rep. Maloney deserves to be congratulated and recognized nationally for her leadership and support.”

A profile of Maloney is featured in the August/September 2008 issue of Working Mother magazine and at . 

Rep. Maloney received this award based on her voting record, sponsored/co-sponsored legislation, and efforts to promote legislation that supports working families.  In addition, Maloney was asked to submit policies and practices within her own office that support working families and flexible workplace options.

Applications for the award were reviewed by a bipartisan steering committee co-chaired by Ted Childs, Founder and Principal of Ted Childs, LLC and Jane Swift, Founder and Principal of WNP Consulting, LLC and former Governor of Massachusetts.  Also on the steering committee reviewing applications were Patricia Kempthorne, Founder and Executive Director of the Twiga Foundation and Pat Schroeder, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers and former congresswoman from Colorado.
The Best of Congress award will be presented to Maloney at a recognition breakfast in Washington on Sept. 10, at Sewall Belmont House.  Recipients of the Best of Congress award will attend, and Antonio M. Perez, CEO of Kodak, will talk about the award and issues involving working families.

Working Mother magazine has been in the forefront of the movement to improve the quality of life for working families for over 29 years and annually honors the 100 best companies whose policies create family-friendly workplaces.

Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization representing the private sector on public policy issues involving working families.  The organization aims to improve the lives of working families and the competitiveness of American businesses.
Jul 22, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, issued the following statement today after the House passed The American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 (H.R. 3221).  The bipartisan bill will assist homeowners facing foreclosure, and help strengthen the housing market and overall economy.  It could become law as early as this week. 

Jun 23, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, supported a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for those workers who have been unable to find a job in today's struggling economy.  The extension was included in the Supplemental Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.  On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in New York the unemployment rate rose by one half percentage point to 5.2 percent and the state economy lost 200 jobs last month.