Carolyn Maloney has spent her career fighting to help New York families. Our nation’s workforce is changing rapidly — few families still have one parent in the workforce and another staying home with children. Instead, we have seen many more two-worker and single-parent families, who face real challenges balancing work and home. Carolyn understands this, so she has introduced, sponsored, and pushed for laws that benefit working American families, including:

The Child Care Affordability Act, which would expand the maximum limits on child care tax credits to help working families afford the staggeringly high cost of childcare, which can often even exceed the cost of college tuition.

The Working Families’ Flexibility Act, which aimed to help Americans taking care of children or elderly parents, households where both parents work, or where there is only one adult. This law protects employees from being fired for simply asking for a change in their work hours to adjust for their family’s needs.

Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which would help working families by providing federal workers six weeks of paid parental leave for the birth of a child. Shockingly, the federal government does not provide any of its employees with paid maternity or paternity leave – their time off is just deducted from their annual unpaid leave. Carolyn’s legislation would make sure public servants aren’t forced to choose between taking care of their newborn and collecting their wages.

The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act allows more people to benefit from family and medical leave by allowing employees in companies with more than 15-49 employees to take family and medical leave. Currently, only employees of companies with 50 or more employees can take FMLA leave.  The bill would also extend employee leave for workers to go to parent-teacher conferences or to take their children, grandchildren or other family members to the doctor for regular medical appointments.

The Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act amends the FMLA to permit leave to care for a domestic partner, same-sex spouse, parent-in- law, adult child, sibling, or grandparent if that person has a serious health condition. Currently, the FMLA allows qualified workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborns, seek emergency medical care for himself/herself, parents, children under 18 or a legal spouse.