Business Leaders Joined Together for Paid Family and Medical Leave

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National Partnership for Women & Families has released a new video featuring some of the most recognizable leaders in business advocating for a nationwide paid family and medical leave program. The video features business leaders from ThirdLove, Patagonia, Sun Life U.S., Thinx, Airbnb, Seven Seven Six, Levi Strauss & Co., Brew HaHa! Cafe (where President Biden often gets his coffee), and Melinda French Gates. The business leaders share why they think ensuring all workers can take time off to care for themselves or a loved one – without losing pay – is a critical policy that Congress and the Biden Administration must prioritize.

“These leaders recognize that paid family and medical leave is a good policy for businesses and workers because everyone benefits when workers can take the time they need to care for themselves or a loved one without missing a paycheck,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “As Congress is considering investments in infrastructure and caregiving, it is critical that paid family and medical leave is part of the package. Far too many women and people of color lack access to this critical benefit through an employer, and as we rebuild our economy enacting paid leave is an important step towards creating a more equitable future for all.”

The video for Paid Family and Medical Leave featured –

  • Alexis Ohanian, Former Executive Chair, Reddit and Founder, Seven Seven Six
  • Alisa Morkides, Owner of Brew HaHa! Cafes
  • Chip Bergh, President, and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Dan Fishbein, M.D., President, Sun Life U.S.
  • Heidi Zak, Co-Founder, and CEO, ThirdLove
  • Jenna Johnson, Head of Patagonia, Inc
  • Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder of Pivotal Ventures
  • Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Airbnb
  • Shama Amalean, interim CEO & COO, Thinx Inc.

The reality is only 21 percent of civilian workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers and individuals of color are the least likely to have access to paid family and medical leave through an employer. When employees have access to paid leave it increases productivity, improves employee morale and retention, and allows smaller businesses to compete with larger businesses, based on the experience of states that have enacted the policy. There is widespread support among businesses and voters for enacting a paid family and medical leave program, with 70% of small businesses expressing support for the policy. Additionally, nearly 200 businesses sent a letter urging Congress to pass paid leave.

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