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 receive information about creating a Maryland where every family has the time to care.

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Time to care in the media

External Links

America (including Maryland) needs a sensible paid family leave policy (Letter to the Editor by MFN Board Member Kesha-Simone Jones) 

This Mother’s Day let’s bring attention to the lack of support for the caregiving role mothers play (Op-ed by Wendy Chun-Hoon Executive Director of Family Values @ Work)

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)

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

Voices for Time to Care