The NYJL & Advocacy Day
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Meade’s timeless words encapsulate the mission of the New York Junior League’s Advocates for Public Policy (APP) committee. On the heels of the committee’s success in lobbying for the Trafficking, Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) the committee will now turn its attention to the Paid Family Leave Act for its May 5 Advocacy Day.
According to the New York State Assembly online press release, the Paid Family Leave Act will “enable all workers to maintain employment and still receive some income while on leave to care for an elderly relative, manage an unexpected medical emergency, or bond with a newborn or adopted child”. On May 5 the committee will travel to Albany to meet with State legislators and discuss the implications of the act.
As of now, the federal Family Medical Leave Act provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a sick relative. According to the State Assembly, most employees cannot afford to take unpaid leave from work and only a portion of the workforce is covered under this policy. Supportive Assembly believes that allowing employees to earn a portion of their salary during family leave would strengthen the workforce and promote financial stability. Additionally, there are long-term social benefits to paid family leave. Allowing parents time off from work to focus on the arrival of a child and adjust to their new family dynamic is important to the child’s development and benefits the entire family.
APP is committed to advocating on behalf of women and children in New York. Recently, APP successfully advocated for the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, which addresses human trafficking in New York State. Governor Cuomo has committed to signing the Bill into law and is scheduled to do so later this month!
Having seen firsthand the benefits and thrill of community organization and advocating on a grassroots level, APP encourages all NYJL members to join the committee’s efforts on May 5. Advocacy has strength in numbers. All are welcome, regardless of their current committee. If interested please contact the committee via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Image courtesy of Time to Care.