White House Continues Push for National Paid Family Leave

Tom Perez, Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jennifer Klein, Director of the Gender Policy Council, convened a meeting with leaders from several states to discuss strategies for enacting a national paid leave program.

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(AURN News) – The White House is maintaining its efforts to pass federal legislation guaranteeing paid family and medical leave for American workers.

Tom Perez, Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jennifer Klein, Director of the Gender Policy Council, convened a meeting with leaders from several states to discuss strategies for enacting a national paid leave program.

The discussion focused on the successes already achieved at the state level and explored ways to build momentum for a federal policy.

In a statement, the White House says it remains committed to helping families “take the time they need to bond with a new child; care for a seriously ill loved one; heal from their own serious illness; address circumstances arising from a loved one’s military deployment; find safety from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; or grieve the death of a loved one.”

To reinforce this commitment, President Biden has incorporated funding for a national paid family and medical leave program in his proposed fiscal year 2025 budget. States participating in the White House meeting included New Jersey, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Mexico.


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