Time to Care
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.
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.
Let’s Join Hands
We need your help. Join a coalition of stakeholders representing diverse groups who value time for caring. Sign up for coalition updates and get information about making a Maryland where every family has the time to care.
Take Time to Learn More
Time to Care Infographic
Time to Care Polling Data
Time to Care – One Family’s Story
Time to Care Act of 2019 (HB 341/SB 500) – 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 MFN Executive Director Margaret E. Williams)
first five years radio program features time to care act
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 the Time to Care Act of 2019.
Time to care in the media
Md. paid family leave bill provides economic security for caregivers (Op-ed by MFN’s Executive Director Margaret E. Williams, Baltimore Sun)
Paid family leave: a much-needed safety net (Editorial, Baltimore Sun)
Paid leave program could help employers (Letter to the Editor, Baltimore Sun)
Tonight’s Top Stories, Time to Care begins at 2:48 (Prince George’s Community Television)
Senate Finance Committee approves $15 minimum wage (The Sentinel)
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