Glad this is not only about parents:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., on Thursday introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, a piece of groundbreaking legislation that would have employees contribute .02 percent of their wages in exchange for an earned benefit of 12 weeks of leave at two-thirds their monthly salary. This leave can be used by men and women to stay home with a new child, care for an ailing relative or attend to their own personal medical needs. It is precisely the kind of law that would make the much discussed “life-work” balance more manageable for working American families — particularly the working women to whom these responsibilities so often fall.
Unfortunately, like most legislation that would help working families (and working women in particular), it has very little chance of passing in this Congress.