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

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 www.workingmother.com . 

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.

Jun 18, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation that would provide federal employees with four weeks of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.  “The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 5781) was introduced by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), and Tom Davis (R-VA) last year.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia Chairman Danny Davis (D-IL) helped move the bill to the floor.  Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and John Warner (R-VA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate on Monday.

Jun 16, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of “The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act” (H.R. 5781), legislation that would give federal employees four weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, released the following statement after the Bush Administration threatened to veto the bill.  The legislation is scheduled for a House vote this week:
May 7, 2008 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) backed key legislation that would assist Americans who are in danger of losing their homes and help improve home values in distressed communities.  “The American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008” (H.R. 3221) and “The Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2008” (H.R. 5818) were approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today with bipartisan support.

Apr 2, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today - in advance of tomorrow’s jobs report - on the sharp rise in the number of U.S. workers applying for unemployment benefits:

Mar 13, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Bush's speech on the economy in New York today:
Mar 5, 2008 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), delivered the following statement at a joint hearing of the JEC and House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia Subcommittee on the subject of paid parental leave for federal employees:
Mar 4, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Joint Economic Committee today released a report, requested by Vice Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), finding that three-quarters of Fortune 100 companies offer mothers some form of paid leave when they have a new child, typically lasting six to eight weeks. Family leave has become an increasingly important workplace policy because most families no longer have a stay-at-home parent to provide care for a new child and they often cannot afford to take unpaid leave.  As a guide for policymakers, the Joint Economic Committee examined how firms design their paid family leave policies by asking Fortune 100 companies about the length of paid leave that they provide for new parents.

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