WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has introduced a number of bills making it easier on working families.
Legislation would make workplaces more family-friendly, improve childcare services, make it easier for low-income and middle-class families to obtain diapers for their children and close loopholes that prevent many educational support staff from being able to take medical leave through the Family Medical Leave Act.
“I consider myself the luckiest person in the world because I get to wake up on Sunday and spend Mother’s Day being a mom,” Duckworth said. “My experiences as a working parent help me understand how making our policies friendlier to working families helps parents stay in the workforce, which makes our nation stronger and more globally-competitive. I’m proud to be introducing these bills to do just that by creating a program to promote family-friendly workplaces, improve childcare services for parents working to get their degree and make sure no child goes without the diapers they desperately need.”
Bills introduced include: The End Diaper Need Act, that would create a $100 million block grant program to assist non-profits and state and local agencies helping low-income families get diapers.
The ESP Family Leave Act would update the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help teacher’s assistants, custodians and maintenance staff access benefits without losing their jobs.
The Honoring Family-Friendly Workplaces Act would create a certification program run by the Labor Department to recognize family friendly businesses.
The Expanding On-Campus Child Care to Help Parents Succeed Act would increase access to on-campus child care for low-income student parents.