Time to Care

The Time to Care Act

SB 539 / HB 839 “Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment”

We all need time to care — for new babies, for aging parents, for loved ones with health needs or disabilities, or for helping ourselves.

Yet many Marylanders can’t take time to care because they lack paid family leave. Only 17% of U.S. workers have access to paid family leave and fewer than 40% have paid personal leave for short-term disabilities.  Unpaid leave forces too many Americans, especially those whose needs are the greatest, to choose between income and family when illness strikes, when new babies arrive, or when the needs of a family member with a disability intensify. Nearly 25% of women, for example, take 10 or fewer days of parental leave, potentially putting themselves and their children at risk physically and emotionally.

Time to Care Bill Officially Announced 

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Make Time to Care a Reality in Maryland Legislation establishing a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program would make paid leave available to Maryland workers for up to 12 weeks following the birth or adoption of a child and when needed to provide care for a family member or oneself. The leave would be funded through an insurance pool, into which workers and their employers contribute.

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Please contact your legislators

Please contact your legislators and ask them to support SB 539 / HB 839 “Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment” (The Time to Care Act of 2020).

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Time to Care Act Hearing Dates
*HB 839 was heard on Monday, February 24 at 1:00pm in the House Economic Matters Committee, House Office Building, Room 230. You can watch the hearing here.
*SB 539 was heard on Thursday, February 27 at 1:00pm in the Senate Finance Committee, Miller Building, 3 East. You can watch the hearing here.

Why is paid family and medical leave important to you and your family? Raise your voice and share YOUR story to show why Maryland must pass SB 539 / HB 839 “Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment” (The Time to Care Act of 2020).

By sharing your personal story about needing family or medical leave, you can play a significant role in the advocacy campaign.

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Time to Care Infographic
Time to Care Supporters
Frequently Asked Questions
Social Media Toolkit
Social Media Toolkit with Visuals
Time to Care – Commitment Card
Time to Care – One Family’s Story

Time to Care Act – Summary
Report of the Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Paid Leave Means a Stronger Maryland
Md. paid family leave bill provides economic security for caregivers (Op-ed by Margaret E. Williams)
December 2019 Report on Family and Medical Leave Insurance form the Department of Legislative Services

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The First Five Years is a weekly radio program presented by Maryland Family Network airing on WYPR 88.1 FM. Recent episodes feature information about SB 539 / HB 839 “Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment” (The Time to Care Act of 2020).

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Time to care in the media

Bill would create insurance pool to fund family, medical leave (WBAL TV)
Paid Family Leave Debate Looms over Md. Senate Committee Hearing (The Washington Informer)
Paid family leave is a smart policy (The Frederick News-Post)
Business owners ask lawmakers to reject family leave legislation (The Daily Record)
Family Medical Leave Insurance Legislation Gets First Airing of Session (Maryland Matters)
Lawmakers Discuss Maryland Family Leave Bill (WJZ)
Hearing Set for Maryland Bill to Provide Family Leave (WBAL Radio)
Md. House to Review Family Leave Bill that Would Give 12 Weeks Off to New Parents (WJLA)
Maryland Measure Would Create Family Leave Insurance Pool (Associated Press)

Valderrama: Paid Family Leave ‘Right Thing to Do’ (The Washington Informer)
Md. Democrats again to push for 12-week paid leave program (The Daily Record)
Maryland Lawmakers Push for Wage Replacement Plan for New Moms, Caregivers (WJZ)
Lawmakers Unveil Plan to Reintroduce Paid Family Leave Legislation (Maryland Matters)
Maryland can deliver paid family leave this year (Op-ed by MFN’s Executive Director Laura Weeldreyer, The Washington Post)
The new paid family leave (The Washington Post)
Paid parental leave for fed workers could spur wider changes (The Washington Post)
Maryland must boost paid family leave beyond federal workforce (Letter to the Editor, Baltimore Sun)
A miracle of the season: Paid family leave for tens of thousands of Marylanders (Editorial, Baltimore Sun)
Md. Can’t Afford to Wait on Paid Family Leave (Guest Commentary, Maryland Matters)
Senate Finance Committee approves $15 minimum wage (The Sentinel)
Tonight’s Top Stories, Time to Care begins at 2:48 (Prince George’s Community Television)
Paid leave program could help employers (Letter to the Editor, Baltimore Sun)
Paid family leave: a much-needed safety net (Editorial, Baltimore Sun)
Md. paid family leave bill provides economic security for caregivers (Op-ed by MFN’s former Executive Director Margaret E. Williams, Baltimore Sun)

Visit the websites of these national experts to learn more about paid family leave:
Support Paid Leave
National Partnership for Women & Families — Paid Leave
Zero to Three — Paid Family Leave

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