In the midst of an economic downturn, programs that lower health care costs and support economic security for working families are more important than ever. Too many workers are forced to put economic security at risk when their families need them most. Improving health and maintaining buying power for working families is the most effective stimulus for our economy.
Most workers have major responsibilities for family care, but at best limited access to paid leave. Many small businesses do not have the ability to offer paid leave benefits, and even workers with vacation and sick leave rarely have enough when a new baby arrives or serious illness strikes.
Family Leave Insurance provides workers with partial pay when they need extended time off because of a new baby or serious illness. It builds economic security for Washington’s families, gives businesses a new tool for improving productivity, and promotes the health of our children, seniors, and workforce. It’s a cost-effective solution that allows individuals to meet their responsibilities to both job and family, while ensuring businesses remain competitive.