The Maryland Catholic Conference supports and promotes policies that strengthen both families and workers, including by providing workers with access to paid family leave in a time of need.
Known as "The Time to Care Act," efforts to expand access to paid family leave for Maryland workers would allow up to 12 weeks of paid time off from work to welcome a new baby, to provide care and comfort for family members with serious health conditions or disabilities, or to deal with a personal illness or injury.
On the Feast of St. Joseph in 2013, Pope Francis poignantly stated that work "gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one’s family, to contribute to the growth of one’s own nation.”
The Conference believes that no person should have to make the impossible choice of whether to care for their families or lose their job.
|Only 17% of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave.||As many as 25% of moms take only 10 days or less of maternity leave.||3 out of 4 fathers take 1 week or less of paternity leave||86% of Marylanders support providing paid family leave through the state.|
HOW WOULD IT WORK?
As most recently proposed in 2020, paid family leave would be funded through the creation of an insurance program. Both employers and employees would contribute to the program. For workers, the contribution would amount to less than 1% of a paycheck. When a worker needs to access the fund, it would pay between $50 and $1,000 per week, depending on income.
The benefits to this program would be staggering: employers would retain good employees, unemployment rates would drop, and families would be strengthen and enabled to thrive.
"The Lord blesses our work so that we may share its fruits with others."
— Deuteronomy 14:28-29