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Legislation would create insurance fund for women workers


JANUARY 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Legislation would create insurance fund for women workers


REGION, January 4th- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat-New York), and United States House of Representative Rosa DeLauro (Democrat-Connecticut) introduced legislation within their legislative body “the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act)”.

The legislation would create an independent insurance fund to provide critical income to workers when taking family and medical leave.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), which according to their mission statement conducts rigorous research on findings that address the needs of women and their families and works in affiliation with the women’s studies and public policy programs at George Washington University, the costs of workers of not having unpaid medical leave for childbirth, personal health needs, or family caregiving is causing economic hardship on women.

The organization analyzed the costs and impact to workers of not having unpaid leave and published their findings. The IWPR also worked on passage and provided information leading-up to the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLAct).

Dr. Heidi Hartman, Ph.D., and President of the IWPR, and co-author of “Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of Lack of Family and Medical Leave,” has recently been interviewed by national news outlets, about the importance of the passage of the legislation.

However, with the Republicans having the majority within the House of Representatives, the legislation will likely not receive enough support to become law.

In 1993 when the FMLAct was passed and signed into law, the Democratic party controlled both the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and also the White House.