Over 200 professors from 88 business and management schools called on members of Congress Tuesday to pass legislation that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.
Stewart Friedman, management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was the lead author of a letter sent to Congressional lawmakers today in support of the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act.
"Our letter includes some of the most distinguished faculty from nearly 90 schools who all agree that establishing a national paid family and medical leave program would help America's businesses and families thrive," said Friedman, also the director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. "For the sake of the future business leaders and professionals we teach and the nation's workforce, our hope is that this letter strengthens paid leave advocacy efforts and makes it clear to Congress that the FAMILY Act should be a top priority."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a proponent of the FAMILY ACT.
The group provided this breakdown of what the pending legislation would do: "The FAMILY Act would establish a paid family and medical leave insurance program that would be funded through small employer and employee contributions. It is modeled on programs in place in three states - California, New Jersey and Rhode Island. The national program would allow workers to earn a portion of their pay when they need time off to address their own serious health issue, including pregnancy and childbirth; to deal with the serious health issue of a parent, spouse, domestic partner or child; to care for a newborn or newly adopted child; and/or for specific military-related purposes."