Democrat Harris Would Offer Six Months of Paid Family Leave

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Democratic Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris would provide Americans with up to six months of paid family leave to bond with a new child or to take care of other personal or family medical issues, her campaign said on Monday.

The proposal is part of a broad “Children’s Agenda” set to be released by Harris at an appearance at an elementary school in Iowa on Monday.

U.S. workers have the right under current law to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for new babies or help ill family members, but Harris’ plan would enlarge those protections, providing paid leave and guaranteeing it for a wider variety of situations.

Under her plan, workers could receive paid leave to care for medical and non-medical needs when a child or dependent has been a victim of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault or stalking. It defines as family members not just children but parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws and “chosen family,” people who may not be related by blood but consider themselves to be family nonetheless.

Harris’s plan would be paid for with a combination of payroll contributions by employers and employees, as well as the proceeds of fines levied on corporations for paying women less than men or ethnic minorities less than white employees, according to the proposal. Additional funds would come from tax increases on the top 1% of earners and on corporations, her campaign said.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; editing by Richard Pullin)

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Oh yes, let’s give employees a raise and then give them 6 months off with pay. More of the Democrat’s attempt to destroy America. More jobs would exit the US, resulting in less revenue and the government wouldn’t be able to pay for anything. Of course, they would also want free healthcare and college with no money to pay for it. Democrats are psychos, unfit for any job or office. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats.

Tom Bodine

Horizontal Harris like a Demo-🐀’s love vote buying no matter what it is they want to GIVE you for your vote.


Just because its offered doesn’t mean it would be taken. I took 6 weeks and by the end of that time I was bored out of my mind and thankful to be back to work.

The only reason I would really be supportive of this is because daycare costs during that first 6 months are freaking insane. It would be better served to help address instead that so parents can work.

Millie Tyler

It should be against the law for candidates to use taxpayer money to buy votes.


And she will destroy the businesses and bankrupt this country.


She is straight up outside her mind. Bye bye small businesses. Is there a limit on the incidents? Pregnancy and then Susie got harassed by bullies at school (how do you prove this) and needs 6 months of care? I’m off for a year- paid! Let’s go to Disneyland. I assume health benefits continue.


This reminds me of what happened to me at the local Medicaid office 22 years ago. I had recently moved to Seattle and had not yet secured a full time job with medical benefits when I was diagnosed with a severe case of ITP. After receiving a transfused medication that was so new on the market that it cost approximately 19k for one small bag no larger than my palm and about half as thick I was handed an ER bill and told to go to the local social services off ice and apply for Medicaid assistance. The next morning… Read more »


So a employee takes a 6 month leave from any position in any certain business. The business, perhaps a SMALL BUSINESS cannot properly function without that particular position filled. So they hire another employee to fulfill that position allowing the Company to properly function as a business. The 6 month leave is over and the employee returns to the Employer, only to find out the position has be filled. They do not need 2 people to do a 1 person job, and offer the returning employee a open, yet lesser position. Which MAY be of a lesser pay scale. Or… Read more »





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