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senate Bill S. 337

FAMILY Act

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedFebruary 7th, 2017

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Title

FAMILY Act

Official Title

A bill to provide paid family and medical leave benefits to certain individuals, and for other purposes.

Summary

Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act or the FAMILY Act This bill establishes the Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration (SSA). The bill entitles every individual to a family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) benefit payment for each month beginning on the first day of the month in which the individual meets the criteria specified below and ending 365 days later (benefit period), not to exceed 60 qualified caregiving days per period. An individual qualifies for such a benefit payment if such individual: is insured for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act at the time an application is filed; has earned income from employment during the 12 months before filing it; and was engaged in qualified caregiving (any activity for which the individual would be entitled to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993), or anticipates being so engaged, during the 90-day period before the application is filed or within 30 days after. The bill prescribes a formula for determination of an individual's monthly benefit, as well as for the maximum and minimum amounts. An FMLI benefit payment shall be coordinated with any periodic benefits received under a state or local temporary disability insurance or family leave program. The bill prescribes criteria that make an individual ineligible for an FMLI benefit payment and specifies prohibited acts by an employer and penalties for violations. The bill establishes the Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund. FMLI benefit payments shall be made only from this fund. No amounts from the Social Security Trust Funds or appropriated to the SSA to administer Social Security programs may be used for FMLI benefits or administration. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a tax on every individual and employer, all self-employment income, and every railroad employee, employee representative, or railroad employer to finance the Federal Family and Medical Leave Insurance Trust Fund for FMLI benefits.
    There's no excuse for one of the wealthiest nations in the world to not provide paid parental and caregiving leave.
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    Paid leave is critical for the family, which is the cornerstone of the United States. We are one of the only countries that does not have paid family leave.
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    I want to see my representatives support this bill.
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    This is an important measure in bringing the US up to the standards the rest of the world has already embraced and working towards economic equality for all genders.
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    Brilliant! Everyone who cares about family should be for this idea. We are one of the only developed countries with dismal family leave policies for women - this is unacceptable. Adding this tiny tax would provide funds for mothers to be home caring for their vulnerable new babies during the first few weeks of their life.
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    This is a great, bipartisan bill that provides a good framework for paid family leave. I support this! I want my Senators to also support this!
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    Paid family leave is essential. I live in NY State, which has a pretty good policy, and am currently using PFL for the birth of my daughter. I am taking care of our toddler while my wife recovers. Not sure how she we would be able to do it otherwise. This is a pro family bill, which conservatives supposedly value. Hopefully they really mean it.
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    Of course there should be paid family leave. It is ridiculous that US does not already have Statutory/Government mandated paid leave for new parents. It is also ridiculous that the US does not have 4 weeks Statutory paid vacation like the rest of the developed nations. US workers are being short changed by the GOP. Take a look at Europe ever worker has a minimum of 14 weeks paid family leave and a minimum of 4 weeks paid vacation (not including public holidays). To much corporate money in politics means that the GOP cares more about Corporate $$$$ than about working people.
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