Small business owners support federal legislation to provide all workers access to paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and an increased minimum wage, according to a new report from the Main Street Alliance (MSA).
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act to create a federal paid family and medical leave insurance program for American workers.
Lack of paid leave threatens workers’ jobs and financial stability. More than 40 million workers have no access to paid sick days. A growing number of states and municipalities have passed their own paid leave laws, but millions are left behind.
Economic justice was a critical part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s lifelong pursuit of racial equity. King decried the poverty wages of African American workers and promoted fair compensation and working conditions as crucial to a just society.
Some employers are stepping up to highlight not only the untapped business benefits that many businesses are missing out on by overlooking paid leave, but also the need for public policies to address unmet need.