Presidential Hopeful Harris Offers Six Months of Paid Family Leave

Kamala Harris

Vying for the votes of women and Millennials, Democratic Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris said she would provide Americans with up to six months of paid family leave to bond with a new child or to take care of other personal or family medical issues, her campaign said on Monday.

Her proposal is part of her “Children’s Agenda,” which she intends to release today in Iowa.

Currently, U.S. workers can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for new babies or sick family members.  Harris’ plan would extend that by 12 weeks and provide pay.  In addition to caring for children, grandparents, parents, siblings, and in-laws, Harris’ plan also includes care for “chosen family,” which means people considered family even if not related by blood or marriage.

The plan is funded by payroll contributions from both employers and employees, as well as fines levied on companies who have disparate pay policies across gender or race lines.  If necessary, the program would also get funds from a tax on top earners and corporations.

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  1. It sounds like another “I’ll Tax them but not you proposal”. I worked for the Federal Government where you had generous sick leave pay and yet many Employees burned it up yearly and then tried to claim family Medical Leave for any reason they could think of and now Harris wants to PAY for 24 weeks? How will businesses survive with employees out for so long and not being able to be replaced? I had to see it in person as employees had to pick up the slack of the missing employee. What happened to INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY? It’s human nature that someone will abuse the system. Don’t encourage them./

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