The Maryland Catholic Conference supports efforts that increase the dignity of a person’s work as well as expand opportunities to care for oneself and his or her family during times of critical need, from the welcoming of a new child into the family through caring for aging parents, and every stage in between.
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.
The Conference believes that no person should have to make the impossible choice of whether to care for his or her family or lose a 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||88% of Marylanders support providing paid family leave through the state.|
How Would It Work?
As most recently proposed in 2021, paid family leave would be funded through the creation of an insurance program. Both employers and employees would contribute to the program. The average combined weekly contribution would be 0.67% of payroll. A worker caring for a new baby, aging parents or a loved one (or self) with a serious illness, as well as families dealing with a military deployment or injured service member could receive $50-$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.