The U.S. is the only developed country that does not offer paid leave nationwide

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) only offers workers unpaid leave of up to 12 weeks while failing to cover nearly half of all American employees. FMLA passed 25 years ago and has never been updated.

The number of states, along with DC, that will provide paid family leave by 2020


The percentage of American workers who are offered paid leave through their employers


The percentage of American workers ineligible for coverage under FMLA


The FAMILY Act creates high value protections at a very low cost to employers.

It's funded by contributions from both employers and employees of just two-tenths of 1% each, or about $1.50 per week for a typical employee.

$1.50 per week

Encourage long-term employee retention instead of facing 20% of an employee's salary lost to turnover.


Percentage of weekly wages that workers can receive while on leave under the Act


The total number of weeks of paid leave available to workers under the Act

12 Weeks

Percentage of American workers eligible for coverage under the Act


Percentage of weekly wages contributed by workers and employers

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EILEEN FISHER has focused for years on workplace flexibility, adaptability, and employee well being. ASBC is proud to partner with them on this campaign.

Read our statement for the record to the Senate Finance Committee on the FAMILY Act

Dear Member of Congress:

On behalf of the 200,000 businesses, and 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors we represent, the American Sustainable Business Council urges you to support the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. This common-sense program will help U.S. employers, who struggle with turnover and lost productivity as some of their biggest costs – typically 20 percent of an employee’s salary; many thousands of dollars. 

Opponents claim this bill would be bad for business; but in fact, passing the FAMILY Act would let more businesses reduce turnover costs and level the playing field for responsible employers -- and help make American families stronger and healthier. High-road employers know from experience that paid leave is key to higher employee morale and a reliably productive workplace.  The FAMILY Act brings high value at a very low cost to employers, as it is jointly funded by small contributions from both employers and employees of just two-tenths of 1% each (two cents per $10 in wages), or about $1.50 per week for a typical employee and never more than $4.50. 

States that have already enacted paid leave have found the law both popular with voters and helpful to business. About 60 percent of California businesses reported cost savings by coordinating their benefits with the state program. Meanwhile, a poll in New Jersey found that, three years after the state’s paid family leave program took effect, more than 75% of voters viewed it favorably.

As business leaders, we know that providing paid family leave is good for business and we believe it is good for our country. Please help us all and support the FAMILY Act.

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