Why Paid Family Leave Insurance

You might need it because you need time to bond with your new baby. Or because your sister has cancer and no one to care for her. Or because your father had a stroke and needs help recovering.

Only 14 percent of United States private sector workers have paid family leave, yet virtually 100 percent will need it – if not for themselves, then for the people they love.

It’s time to make paid family leave a reality for Pennsylvania

 

Our Mission

The United States of America is the only developed nation in the world that does not provide paid family leave. Every day familiesstruggle to stay engaged in the workforce while caring for a sick relative or bonding with a new child. We are working to change this for Pennsylvanians. Already six other states have established this kind of state level paid family and medical leave insurance fund. A fund that can make paid leave a reality for all employers, workers, and families.


“Nearly 100% of all workers will need time off during their career to address their own serious health condition, to care for a newborn, or a sick family member.”
— PA Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces, February 2017

Pennsylvania Needs Family Medical Leave Insurance

  • Workers in Pennsylvania invest 1.4 billion hours of unpaid time caring for the elderly each year.
  • Pennsylvania has one of the oldest population’s in the nation, and the state’s aging population is expected to continue growing.
  • Currently, the majority of Pennsylvania workers – union and non-union, part-time and full-time – have no access to paid family leave.
  • Pennsylvania is one of the ten worst states for pregnancy discrimination.
  • 21% of Pennsylvanians do not have the resources to survive up to three months of sustained loss of income.
  • Fewer than half of working adults in Pennsylvania – 40.9% – are both eligible for and can afford to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).