DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today marking the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for their family members without fear of losing their jobs:
“When the landmark Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Clinton 20 years ago, our nation made a commitment to its workers that they should not have to choose between earning a living and caring for their loved ones when they need it most. In the two decades that have passed, the FMLA has helped millions of hardworking families balance the competing demands of work and family, and it has been particularly important for women, who have faced a long history of discrimination in the workplace.
“We are proud of the steps the Obama Administration has taken to expand FMLA’s protections to cover military families and airline workers. Still, we know there is more to be done. We must ensure that all employees are covered by this law and that we have an economy that moves all working families forward – one where every American can afford to take unpaid leave if needed. Today, as we celebrate this important anniversary, let us recommit ourselves to achieving those goals and continuing to move our country forward for all hardworking Americans.”