Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer is pushing for her proposal called the Strong Families Act. It would encourage employers to provide workers with paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. She says it currently doesn’t include hourly workers and that needs to change.
Senator Fischer says, “I introduced a bill that offers an incentive for employers to allow for some family leave for folks. It really focuses on hourly employees. Those workers don’t get the advantage of family leave being offered.”
Senator Fischer says that way these workers would be allowed the time to take a sick child to a doctor’s appointment or check on elderly parents without the fear of a reduced paycheck. She says this is not a government mandate and there has been good support from the business community. This is a bipartisan bill that continues to gain support.
The Strong Families Act would allow employers to receive a 25% tax credit for each hour of paid leave given to an employee. It would start as a two year pilot program and adjustments would be made if needed.